The Last Horcrux
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DISCLAIMER – This is a gay love story between Harry and Edward. If you are uncomfortable with gay rights or homosexual innuendoes, then I humbly ask that you not read beyond this point. If you do and get offended, then please do not blame me. You were warned.
NOTE – I know that many of you are eagerly awaiting the war, but it will not happen for another couple of chapters. For this I do apologize. I have many things still in the works for this story.
Chapter 21 – The Last Horcrux
Harry and Edward left by a side entrance of the castle. They did not want the Volturi vampires to know that they could get into the forest. Emmett agreed to accompany them as added protection. Harry led them to a patch of woods that was on the edge of the forest. He sniffed around for a moment to make sure that where he was going did not lead into a trap set up by Aro or Caius. Upon not smelling anything, he led his husband and brother into the forest. Having been this way before, Harry knew exactly where he was going. It was not long before he saw a few centaurs in the clearing.
"Bane, Ronan, and Magorian," called Harry. "I was wondering if I could have a word with you."
"Harry Potter," returned Ronan. "To what do we owe the pleasure of your visit?"
"Hagrid is in trouble," Harry said flatly. "He is in need of help and your people know the forest better than anyone here. I was wondering if you could help us get the different citizens of the forest to assist us in the upcoming battle."
"What do you mean?" asked Magorian. "What battle are you referring to?"
"The Dark Lord will be in your forest soon," said Harry. "He is bringing all of his Dark Forces to attack the school. Also the Volturi are already here with the entire guard. They are seeking to destroy the Dark Lord and my new family. Therefore I am trying to get as many allies to help us in this fight as I can."
"You are now a creature of the dark," said Bane with disdain. "Why should we help you?"
"There you are mistaken," said Harry. "Were I a creature of the dark, you would be dead by now. While I freely admit that I am a vampire, I do not take the lives of humans, or creatures such as you that have a resemblance to a human. My family and I drink the blood of non magical animals only."
"I was wondering why I was seeing the bodies of wild cats, bears, and other wildlife around," said Ronan. "This has merit."
"I do not wish to harm the innocent," said Harry. "I just want to stop the Dark Lord and his minions as well as stop the Volturi from hurting my family. Therefore I am asking for your help."
"You shall have it," said Magorian. "Of all the humans that have entered this forest, you are one of the noblest. While you may not be a human any longer, you are still concerned about our well being as well as those that you call friend. Therefore, you shall have the help of the centaur herd. We shall get the denizens of the forest to assist you in driving out the forces of darkness from our land."
Harry bowed to the centaurs. Emmett and Edward took their cue from Harry and gave a bow as well.
"I shall be heading further into the forest in search of the Acromantulas that live in the glen," said Harry. "They have no love for the Dark Lord and much respect for Hagrid. If anyone can get safely into and out of their colony it would be us."
"Good luck Harry Potter," said Magorian. "May the light continue to shine on you!"
"May your arrows always be sharp," answered Harry.
Harry beckoned to Edward and Emmett as they ran swiftly to the area of the forest where the colony of spiders was. When they arrived in the clearing, they could hear the spiders clicking their mandibles nervously.
"Aragog," called Harry. "I have need of your assistance."
"Who is it that interrupts my sleep?" asked the old spider coming into view.
"My name is Harry Potter Cullen," he replied. "I came here four years ago when Hagrid was accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets. You gave me the information that I needed then to save Hagrid."
"Yes I remember you now," said the spider. "What do you need this time? Is Hagrid in trouble again?"
"He was kidnapped by a group of vampires known as the Volturi," responded Harry. "My family and I are working to get him back while clearing out the forest of the Dark Lord and the Volturi. I come to humbly ask for your assistance in finding Hagrid. We want to get him back to the castle and out of the hands of the vampire rulers."
"Many years ago a vampire came into our colony," said Aragog. "He was strong and quick. He killed a few dozen of my family members before we were able to bring him to justice. Why should we help in this? My family will get hurt."
"I am aware that some of your children will get hurt and die," said Harry. "That is the price of war. However would you prefer to lose a few of your children in the battle, or your entire colony if we fail to stop both the Dark Lord and the Volturi? I know that Hagrid comes here and assists your family often. You are one of the best friends he has ever had. Are you going to turn your back on a friendship that has lasted well over forty years?"
"Your words have meaning behind them," said Aragog. "Give me a few moments to discuss this matter with my family."
Harry, Edward, and Jasper walked a ways off to give the arachnid king time to talk with his family. The chattering and clicking went on for about twenty minutes. Finally Aragog called back to Harry.
"Harry Potter," said the spider. "We have come to a consensus that you are in fact correct. Having dealt with the Dark Lord before as well as rogue vampires, we have agreed to help defend the forest and to help find Hagrid. My family is heading out now to see if they can locate him. We will send word to the castle when we have located him. We thank you for taking the time to come here and let us know that our colony could be in danger. You have our eternal gratitude."
"We thank you for your help," said Harry. "We must now return to the castle. Once your family finds out something, send one to the grounds of Hogwarts. From there we will return so that we can find out what you have learned."
Aragog made his way back to where he was resting and Harry guided his husband and brother out of the area. They made it back to the castle where a worried Head Mistress and Cullen patriarch stood.
"What have you learned?" asked Minerva.
"We spotted the leaders of the centaur herd in a clearing," said Harry. "They will work on getting the other creatures and such that live in the forest to help us drive out the Volturi as well as the Dark Lord. From there we headed further in to the colony of Acromantulas that live there. Aragog is a friend of Hagrid's from childhood. Therefore he has agreed to send his large family to assist us in the upcoming battle. As we speak they are looking for Hagrid. When they find him, they will send one of their numbers to the edge of the forest. We need to set a lookout here for when they arrive. When that happens, I will return to Aragog and find out what he knows."
"Are you saying that the rumors are true?" asked Minerva. "There really is a colony of acromantulas living in the forest?"
"Yes it is true," he replied. "Have your heard from Professor Dumbledore?"
"Yes," she said. "He is arriving shortly with a squadron of Aurors and the rest of the Order within the hour."
"Are the members of the DA ready?" asked Harry.
"I have contacted each member using the galleon," said Hermione. "Those that have graduated have already started to arrive. They are waiting in the Great Hall for you."
"Have you told them of my change?" asked Harry worriedly.
"Yes," she replied. "No one cares. In fact many of them want to see the new look."
"Figures," said Harry. "I am still something that people want to stare at."
"Do relax Cullen," said Severus coming up. "You would think that by now you would be used to it."
Harry grinned at Severus before he entered the Great Hall. Before he turned to the assembled members of the DA he looked over at Severus.
"Have you figured out how you are going to make that potion yet?" he asked.
"It is complete actually," said Severus. "I have managed to create the cure for lycanthropy. Therefore I will be able to cure Remus. Horace Slughorn and I went over my notes and when he found out about some of the ingredients that I acquired, he agreed that I am correct in my summarization regarding the effects of certain ingredients of the genetic makeup of a werewolf. Therefore I have managed to use that knowledge to break down the werewolf gene while keeping the human gene alive. It will be a very painful process, but it will work. Of that I have no doubt."
"How long will it take to make the potion?" asked Edward.
"It requires two months," said Severus. "There are certain ingredients that I have to add on certain days and such that will help. Therefore, I have already begun to make the potion. It will be ready to go in about two months."
"So what are you going to do about being in service of the Dark Lord?" asked Harry. "How are you going to get around the fact that you are not attacking people in the Order or me?"
"Well I had a little help with that," said Severus lifting his sleeve. "It would appear that vampire venom can kill the Dark Mark."
"You were bitten?" asked Harry astonished. "Are you safe to be around the students and such?"
"Yes I was bitten Cullen," said Severus with a smirk. "However I was not turned."
"How is that possible?" asked Harry looking to Edward for information.
"I think that they bit directly into the Dark Mark," said Edward receiving a nod from Severus. "From there they left the venom in long enough to destroy the link before Carlisle sucked the venom back out."
"Did it work?" asked Harry looking at Severus' bare arm. "Of course it worked. Your arm is bare and you are not a vampire. I feel stupid now."
"Relax Cullen," said Severus. "You have many things going through your mind right now. I do have some words of advice for you if you are willing to take them from me."
"After everything you have done for me since I left for Forks, I am more than willing to listen to what you have to say," said Harry sincerely.
"Let Albus deal with the Dark Lord," said Severus to Harry's surprise. "You concentrate on keeping your family alive. Your jobs will be to counter any attack from the Volturi on the castle. Our jobs will be to handle the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters."
Harry was about to respond when he put his hand in his robe pocket and felt something in there. He pulled out the item and wondered briefly what it was. It looked like a small carving of a snake.
"I wonder where this came from," Harry said. "I don't remember picking this up from anywhere."
Severus looked over curiously at the item. When he realized what it was he shouted.
"Harry, drop that!" he exclaimed. "It is a portkey."
Before Harry could even look up he felt the familiar tug behind his naval and was gone before anyone could so much as blink an eye. Upon his disappearance, bedlam broke out.
"Where did he go?" asked Edward furiously. "He needs to be found this instant."
"Relax Edward," said Jasper coming into the hall. "I am sure that Professor Snape will think of something."
"What if something bad happens to him and I am not there to protect him?" snarled Edward.
"Edward," said Hermione softly. "Harry has been in tight situations before. Knowing him, he is probably making heads roll as we speak. Also do not forget that he is a newborn vampire that is barely three months turned. He has quicker reflexes and his magic has not dimmed."
"How is that making this better?" he asked furiously. "He could attack and bite one of those Death Eater people and everything we have worked so hard for will be ruined."
"Have faith in your husband even if you do not have faith in us," said Albus coming up and placing a calming hand on Edward's shoulder. "I know that this is hard for you, but rest assured that we will find him. Harry is very intelligent and he is not without his own defenses. His wand is the brother of Tom's. Therefore, Tom can not harm Harry with that wand. Knowing Harry, he will stay trapped long enough to have access to Nagini and then figure out a way to come back."
"I need to be with him," said Edward in anguish. "Is there some weapon that I can use to help?"
"Try this," said an elf's voice at his side. "Harry Potter is using this in his second year to kill the basilisk in the Chamber."
"What is this?" asked Edward taking the sword from the elf.
"That is the Sword of Gryffindor," said Albus with a smile on his face. "It is imbibed with basilisk venom. That is another thing that can kill a Horcrux."
"Well then," said Edward allowing his venom to pool in his mouth. "I will make it even stronger."
Edward spit his mouthful of venom onto the blade of the sword and had the satisfaction, of watching it blend with the metal. Albus watched the scene before him with a smile on his face.
"Between the two venoms, there will be no chance of the last Horcrux surviving," said Albus.
"Edward," called Ginny from the entrance to the school. "There is a large spider coming onto the grounds. I was asked to watch for it."
"Thank you Ginny," he said. "Emmett and Rose come with me. We need to go talk with that spider about Hagrid. I know that Harry wants him found."
The three vampires headed out to speak with Aragog. Once they got the information they needed, they headed back to the castle to share the news with the rest of the waiting group.
"They have Hagrid in the middle of the forest," said Edward. "He is bound and gagged. According to the spiders, there are a few guards that are being worked on as Hagrid has done them some damage. Also it is safe to say that Harry is now in the forest as it was reported that the Dark Lord is there. He has werewolves with him as well as a few rogue vampires."
"This is what we are waiting on," said Albus. "It will not be long before the fight begins. Right now we have to work on getting Hagrid and Harry to safety before harm comes to one or the other."
Harry felt the tug behind his naval and landed in a heap in a clearing in the forest. When he stood up he saw that he was surrounded by Death Eaters.
"So you are still alive after all," said a cold sneering voice. "I wondered if the rumors were true or not. Tell me Harry Potter. How did you manage to hide from me so well?"
"I did not hide," said Harry standing up straight and looking him directly in the eye. "I left because in all reality, I have no interest in fighting with you. The only reason I have anything against you is because you killed my parents. I only want and have always wanted a normal life. It is because of YOU that I do not have that. All of this is your fault."
"Just how is this any fault of mine Potter?" asked Voldemort.
"You acted on a partial of the prophecy," said Harry. "Had you waited to get the whole prophecy, you would not be in the predicament that you are in now. For the record, my name is Harry Cullen now."
"Why don't you just enlighten me of what the full prophecy states," said Voldemort with a frown.
"Just so you know," said Harry. "The Volturi are here in these woods also and they are not happy with you. As far as the prophecy goes it states the following."
Harry closed his eyes for a moment and brought forth the memory of the prophecy. He began to recite it word for word.
The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches. Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies. And the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power that the Dark Lord knows not. And either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives. The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies.
"What is this?" asked Voldemort. "How is it that I marked you as my equal?"
"You accidentally created a seventh Horcrux," said Harry with a smile. "You placed a portion of your soul in my body. You gave me the scar that is on my forehead. You are the one that gave me access to your mind at all times safely while you get hurt going into mine. You are the one that has given me the ability to speak with snakes."
"So what is this power that I know not?" asked Voldemort curious in spite of himself.
"Knowledge on how to destroy you," said Harry with a grin. "I know how to destroy you and in doing so I passed that information on to the one wizard in the world that you ever feared."
"I fear no one," thundered Voldemort. "How dare you imply that I am scared of anyone?"
"Then why have you not sought out a battle with Albus Dumbledore?" asked Harry maliciously as Nagini entered his line of sight. "Had you not pulled your little attempt at possessing me, you would have lost your fight with Albus in the Ministry of Magic last year. As it was, you ran."
"I will destroy you now," said Voldemort pulling out his wand.
"Going to try that again?" asked Harry with scorn. "Do you EVER learn from your mistakes?"
"What do you mean by that?" snarled Voldemort.
"UGH!" said Harry walking over to where Nagini was hiding in the grass pretending that he didn't see her. "The last time you tried to hex me with your wand, MY wand connected with yours. IT beat you. I beat you. I am younger, faster, and more inclined to do what it takes to save myself from you while you are so arrogant that you think that you can just walk up to me and end my life. How many times have you failed so far? By my last count it is five times that you have failed. All of your Horcruxes are dead except one."
"How do you know that?" asked Voldemort. "You are not the only one that is still here."
"Did you think that my husband and Albus would leave a portion of your soul in me?" asked Harry with a sneer. "It is dead. When I leave here today, the last Horcrux will be gone as well."
"What makes you think that I will allow you to leave my sight today?" asked Voldemort. "As my Horcrux is already destroyed in you, you are no longer needed. AVEDA KEDAVRA!"
Harry stood and held his arms out. The sickly green spell flew towards him and hit him square in the chest. He stood there laughing as he called for Dobby. The elf appeared within seconds with Edward by his side. Harry reached down and grabbed Nagini by her throat. Holding her up, Edward swung the Sword of Gryffindor and severed her body from her head.
"NOOO!" screamed Voldemort. "How is this possible?"
"You can not kill what is already dead," said Harry with a mocking laugh. "Now you have something that I want and I intend to take it from you."
"What would that be?" asked Voldemort.
"Your wand," said Harry as he used his vampire agility to race forward and grab the wand out of the hand of Voldemort.
With a second laugh, he raced back to Dobby's side, and the elf snapped his fingers causing the three to disappear with a pop. Harry was hugging Edward while laughing the whole time. Edward smiled down at Harry and then his lips crushed down upon Harry's. They kissed for a couple of moments to the silence in the Great Hall. Applause erupted after the shock wore off. Harry and Edward looked around and smiled.
"Harry what happened?" asked Albus coming over swiftly.
"Well Minister," said Harry with a smile. "Let's just say that Voldemort is pretty pissed off right about now."
"Harry language," admonish Esme to the laughter of the crowd.
"What have you done to him now?" asked Minerva with a grin.
Harry nodded to Edward. Edward opened his hand to show the assembled people the head of Nagini. Harry spent the next few minutes explaining to everyone what he did. He gave them a word for word account of the whole exchange in the clearing.
"I think I have something that will greatly amuse you Professor Dumbledore," said Harry coming to the end of his story.
"What would that be Harry my boy?" asked Albus with a chuckle after hearing what Harry had done.
"OH this," said Harry pulling out Voldemort's wand and handing it to Albus.
"Harry!" exclaimed Severus. "How on earth did you get that from him?"
"He ran right up and took it right out of his hand," said Edward with a musical laugh. "The look on Voldemort's face was priceless."
"It is definantly a memory I would love to see," said Albus with a chuckle.
A commotion at the entrance of the door stopped many in their track. Ronald Weasley entered with a furious look on his face with his wand pointing at Hermione and Harry.
AUTHOR'S NOTE – Ah yes. Another cliff hanger. Don't you just love the suspense. I know I do. Stay tuned for the next chapter and find out what happens. Thank you in advance for those of you that will be reviewing. Try not to beat me to bad with cookies or Snickers.