The Plan of a Lifetime
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DISCLAIMER – This is a gay love story between Harry and Draco. There are many same sex couples in this story. If you are offended by gay rights, or uncomfortable with homosexual innuendoes, then I humbly ask that you not read beyond this point. If you do and you embarrass yourself, it is not my fault and I would appreciate it if you did not complain to me about it. You were warned. Thank you for your understanding.
DISCLAIMER – "Tell me why" is sung by Declan Galbraith. For those of you that like to listen to the songs by the artist, you may have an easier time searching under Declan. It is a difficult song to get lyrics to, but I was able to get them.
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Chapter 12 – The Plan of A Lifetime
Harry and the rest of the staff were starting to walk on pins and needles. OWLS and NEWTS were in about two weeks. April closed out with a bang and May erupted. Hermione was now in her fifth month of pregnancy and she was starting to get cranky.
"Why are you fusing now?" asked Harry irritably. "We help you with everything you need and it seems like no matter what, you find something to fuss about. It is getting annoying."
"Don't talk to me like that Harry James Potter," yelled Hermione. "You try to sleep with two babies fighting constantly in your stomach and see how cranky you get."
"Hermione," said Draco soothingly. "We know you are uncomfortable, but biting our heads off every five minutes will not make you or even us feel any better."
"I know," cried Hermione. "I just can't help myself sometimes. I am so sorry guys."
"We have not left you yet," said Harry. "That means we will work with you as much as we can. All I am asking is that you try and stop from biting our heads off every few minutes. We really are doing our best to help you."
"I know," she said miserably. "I really appreciate it. I am just so uncomfortable all the time."
"Would you like me to take over your classes for you for the next two weeks?" asked Harry. "This would help you do things like take naps during the day when the babies are active at night."
"You may have to," admitted Hermione. "I snapped at a student so bad yesterday that she was in tears."
"Well how about you help the prefects with their rounds and things like that," suggested Harry. "Poppy said the more walking you do the easier the birth will be."
"I can always finish the tunnel from Honeydukes also," said Hermione. "We are half way done with it. I can work on it longer to get it finished quicker."
"Just don't drain yourself magically while you are at it," warned Harry. "Do you want some help getting your shoes on?"
"Yes please," said Hermione. "I haven't seen my feet in over a month."
"How about I go and buy you some slippers?" asked Draco. "That way they are easier to get on and off."
"I think that might be for the best," said Hermione. "It gets frustrating not being able to do simple things for myself because I can't bend anymore."
"That is why we are here," said Harry. "Draco it is almost time for your next class."
"Ok lover," said Draco kissing him on the cheek and leaving.
"If you are taking my classes for me," said Hermione. "Then it is time for you to head out also."
"Do you need anything before I go?" asked Harry.
"Just help me stand up," said Hermione. "Once I am on my feet, I should be fine. I will make sure that I go where there is someone else if I want to sit."
"Just be careful," said Harry rubbing his hands quickly over her stomach.
"Go, go," said Hermione. "I am going to be fine."
Harry laughed and gave her a kiss on the cheek and left to head and left to head to the Charms classroom. He quickly opened the door and let the students in.
"I will be taking over for Professor Granger for the rest of the year," said Harry. "Just know that she apologizes for her mood swings. I will just be covering what will be on your exams. I will not tolerate horseplay in the class."
The students were listening with an awed expression. Harry Potter would be teaching them Charms for the rest of the year.
For the next week, Harry guided them through everything they would need. He was nervous as always for his students in fifth and seventh year. He knew the strain some of the students were having knowing that the OWLS and NEWTS were important to pass so that they could make a future for themselves.
The exams began on the Monday. Harry paced as he thought about the students. He still had the other students to teach. He mostly just reviewed what they already were versed in. He helped a few of the slower students catch up with some of the work that they did not understand. With Harry's guidance, many of the students found that the simpler version of things was easier. On the last two days of class, Harry cancelled them. He had other things he needed to do and he felt that there was nothing more he could do for the students. He would get Molly to cover the classes next year until Hermione gave birth to the twins. Harry, Draco, Hermione, and Ginny all requested to not know the gender of the twins. Poppy told them she knew, but promised to keep it to herself.
Harry was sitting at his desk when he had the most brilliant idea. He quickly called Hermione, Draco, Severus, Minerva, Pomona, and Molly to the teacher's lounge. He had Molly contact Arthur and Kingsley and allowed them to step through the fire to the lounge. Narcissa was already present so Harry allowed her to stay.
"When I was up in my office," said Harry. "I had the most brilliant plan pop into my head."
"What type of plan," Minerva asked seeing the excitement in his face.
"I know how we can catch some minor Death Eaters," said Harry.
"You have our attention now," said Severus also noting the excited flush on his face. "What do you propose?"
"We take over Borgin & Burkes," said Harry.
"How will the forces of Light taking over a shop that sells Dark items help?" asked Arthur.
"Borgin will do anything for a price," said Harry. "We all know he would sell his own mother if he could make a profit off of it."
"Well that is very true," said Severus. "Please continue Harry. We are still missing the point."
"UGH!" said Hermione irritably. "He wants to buy the store and capture the Death Eaters that visit it to buy stuff."
"Not only that Hermione," said Harry proudly. "We pay Borgin a stipend for locks of his hair once a month. We will not so much buy the store, but rather just rent it. All of the proceeds will still go to Borgin."
"We can have one of us use Polyjuice Potion and pretend to be Borgin," said Draco quickly. "That way with a list from Severus of as many of the Death Eaters that he knows, we can capture them as they come into the shop to buy stuff. We can just use the shop as a sting operation."
"We can make a deal with Borgin," said Arthur. "We can guarantee him that we will not do anything to his shop for his cooperation with catching known Death Eaters. That way his other customers can still shop there in comfort knowing that they will not be arrested."
"That is a very good idea," said Narcissa. "I can help give names of known Death Eaters. Between Severus and me, we can give you a pretty accurate list of all known followers of the Dark Lord."
"Exactly," said Severus. "We were in his inner loop. We know more members than Voldemort gave us credit for knowing. Between the two of us, we can give you about ninety percent of the outer circle and the entire inner circle."
"Excellent," said Harry. "I will expect that list by next weekend. Arthur if you could get someone who excels in diplomacy to go and work with Borgin, I would appreciate it. When we have the compiled list, we can pass that information on to you."
"I will have Rufus Scrimgeour get on it immediately," said Arthur. "This is indeed a brilliant plan."
"I can take it one step further," said Harry. "I can cast a spell on the door that will make someone branded with the Dark Mark glow red for a few seconds to alert us that we have an actual Death Eater. So instead of offering him a stipend, we offer him free labor until we round up as many Death Eaters as we can. He will still make all the profit from the sales, but we get our bad guys. It is a win, win situation."
"That is brilliant," said Minerva clapping her hands. "Harry I am so proud of you."
"Thanks Mini," said Harry. "School ends in a few days. Molly, would you take over Charms until Hermione is back on her feet after giving birth? I would imagine that we will need you until the end of November."
"Of course Harry," she said. "I would be delighted to."
"We need someone to work with those students graduating to get the preschool program running," said Harry. "I am thinking that a primary school be set up in Hogsmeade."
"That is easily taken care of," said Arthur. "With Ron graduating this year, he can be one of the teachers there. I assume this school is for muggleborns?"
"You know," said Harry. "I think it would be a good idea if all magical children attended this school from age nine until eleven. This way muggle born children can get education about the wizarding world, and pureblood children can get an education about cooperating and working with muggle borns."
"It would alleviate any worries we have about the bullying that some children have towards others," said Hermione. "Draco and I may be friends now, but when we first started school, we hated each other. He was a pureblood asshole and I was a muggle born know it all bitch."
"Don't kid yourself Hermione," said Draco with a laugh. "You are still a muggle born know it all bitch."
"I will get you for that," said Hermione pulling out her wand. "Someone help me stand. I am going to teach this ferret a lesson."
Narcissa stood up and assisted her in standing.
"You will really deserve what she is going to do to you," said Narcissa pointing her finger at him.
"Do not look to me to save you either," said Harry. "The only help I am going to give you is to advise you to run now while you have the chance."
"Traitors," said Draco with a grin as he made it to the door.
Hermione's first spell hit the wood. He ducked with a laugh and ran out of the door. Hermione waddled after him as fast as she could go.
"ATTENTION STUDENTS," said Minerva with her magically enhanced voice. "IF ANYONE SEES PROFESSOR DRACO POTTER, PLEASE DETAIN HIM. PROFESSOR GRANGER WANTS TO GET IN ONE GOOD HEX BEFORE SHE STOPS CHASING HIM. THANK YOU."
By now the rest of the group were red in the face with tears of laughter. All of a sudden, a loud yell of surprised pain sounded through the school. This was immediately followed by Hermione's voice.
"THAT WILL TEACH YOU," she said.
Harry and the rest of the group left the lounge to go and see what she did to him. They found Draco pinned to the wall by the entrance to the castle with just enough clothes on to cover the bare necessities. There was an angry red welt across his face in the imprint of her hand.
"I will let him down when I am good and ready," said Hermione. "Anyone caught releasing him will share his punishment."
Harry blew a kiss to his horrified lover and left before Hermione could turn her wand on him. About an hour later, Draco came into the Great Hall for lunch arm in arm with Hermione. His face still had the impression of her hand on it, but otherwise he was healthy and laughing. Harry leaned over when Draco sat and healed his face. She had inadvertently cut him and neither knew it.
"I guess that will teach you a lesson about picking on a woman who is fixing to enter her sixth month of pregnancy," said Molly with a laugh.
"I didn't mean to cut his face," said Hermione with tears in her eyes.
"Not to worry Mione," said Draco. "Harry was able to heal me up quickly. I promise to not pick on you anymore."
"Where is the fun in that?" asked Minerva laughing. "It just shows how much we all love each other."
"Have you ever been on the receiving end of one of Hermione's punches or slaps?" asked Draco.
"Well no," said Minerva.
"Well I have received one of each," said Draco. "Let me tell you that it is VERY unpleasant."
School ended a few days later. Ron went with the rest of the seventh year students on the train ride to help keep things in order. Ginny and Neville stayed in the castle. Neville would be one of the ones working in the preschool.
That night at the closing feast, Harry decided to gift the seventh year graduates with one more interesting thought. As the students sat down, they waited eagerly for Harry to make the announcements.
"Another year has gone by," he said. "I hope sincerely that each one of you remembers the lessons we learned this year. It is my hope that even in the outside world you will not fall back on who was in which house. We have five very fine houses in this school. Each one brings something special that makes this much more than a school. It makes this place a home with family and friends in it."
The students all clapped at this information. They knew that Harry cared for everyone. They also knew that Harry and Draco helped to pave the way for many new traditions to be started.
"It is my duty to present the house cup," said Harry drawing their attention back to him. "This year we have had many ups and downs. Therefore the houses stand in this order. In fourth place with 378 points is Slytherin House. In third place with 413 points is Gryffindor House. In second place with 467 points is Potter House. This year we have a tie for the house cup. The winners with 547 points each is Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff House."
Harry stood and handed a cup to both Hermione and Pomona. Minerva, Draco, and Severus shook their hands enthusiastically.
"I have the honor of announcing that this year, the Student of the Year Award goes to Miss Luna Lovegood," said Harry walking over to her and handing her the plaque. "It was a unanimous decision by the faculty for Miss Lovegood to receive this award."
The applause was loud. Many in the school loved Luna. They thought she was an oddball, but she was endearing too many.
"I also have the honor of announcing the Teacher of the Year," said Harry when the applause died out. "This year the coveted award goes to Professor Minerva McGonagall. She has stepped up the plate and took a hit for me many times this year. While Draco and I were sick and Professor Snape was helping Madam Pomfrey with us, she took charge of the school and made sure that it ran smoothly. For that she has my eternal gratitude."
Harry handed Minerva the plaque and gave her a kiss on the cheek. The rest of the staff all stood and shook her hand. She had tears in her eyes as she shook hands with her colleagues.
"I have one final thought before we begin our feast," said Harry when all sat again. "Please remember that we are still at war. The forces of Dark are still trying to destroy the forces of Light. If we continue to work together, then we will still be unstoppable. Please always let love guide you. Love is stronger than anything else. If you take nothing else with you, then take this bit to heart. Draco and I started many of you on the path. It is now up to you to stay on the path. Love will heal all. Please listen closely to the words of the song I am going to sing for you."
Harry twitched his hand and the music started. His voice rose hauntingly as he poured all of his emotions into the song he was singing.
In my dream children sing a song of love for every boy and girlThe sky is blue and fields are green and laughter is the language of the worldThen I wake and all I see is a world full of people in need
Tell me why (why) does it have to be like this?Tell me why (why) is there something I have missed?Tell me why (why) because I don't understand.When so many needs somebody we don't give a helping hand.Tell me why?
Everyday I ask myself, what will I have to do to be a man?Do I have to stand and fight to prove to everybody who I am?Is that what my life is for to waste in a world full of war?
Tell me why (why) does it have to be like this?Tell me why (why) is there something I have missed?Tell me why (why) because I don't understand.When so many needs somebody we don't give a helping hand.Tell me why?
Tell me why? Tell me why?Tell me why? Tell me why?Just tell me why, why, why?
Tell me why (why) does it have to be like this?Tell me why (why) is there something I have missed?Tell me why (why) because I don't understand.When so many needs somebody, we don't give a helping hand.
Tell me why (why, why, does the tiger run)Tell me why (why, why do we shoot the gun)Tell me why (why, why do we never learn)Can someone tell us why we let the forest burn?
(Why, why do we say we care?)Tell me why (why, why do we stand and stare)Tell me why (why, why do the dolphins cry)Can some one tell us why we let the ocean die?
(Why, why if we're all the same)Tell me why (why, why do we pass the blame)Tell me why (why, why does it never end)Can some one tell us why we cannot just be friends?
(Why, why do we close our eyes?)Tell me why (why, why do we speak a lie)Tell me why (why, why do we fight for love)Could someone tell us why 'cause we don't understandWhy, why?
There was a look of awe and passion on every face in the Great Hall as Harry sang the words to the song. When Harry was done he addressed the students once more.
"An eleven year old muggle wrote and sang that song," said Harry. "If he can get it, then why can't we? To the seventh years that are leaving us and moving on with their lives, I hope that you do well in your chosen paths. Know that the faculty of Hogwarts all cares for and loves each and every one of you. Now before I start crying I suggest we get on to the food."
With that Harry lifted his hands and the food appeared on the tables. The students ate and shared memories with one another. They would all be leaving to go home tomorrow minus those that were staying in the castle.
Finally the end of the night came and the morning broke. Harry slept restlessly that night. He could only hope that the seventh year students would listen to and remember his words from the night before. Draco tried to get his husband to calm down. Finally it took some sexual persuasion to get Harry to relax at all and put a smile on his face. Harry enjoyed it when Draco used sexual persuasion. Harry went down to breakfast the next day. He watched as many students in various stages of dress came in to the Great Hall, grabbed a few bites to eat and left again to finish packing. Those that had already packed stood near the entrance and chatted among themselves as they waited for the carriages to arrive to take them to the train. Finally all of the students were ready to go. Narcissa, Molly, and Pomona all went with the students to insure their safety. When all of the students were gone, Harry gathered Draco, Neville, Ginny, and Minerva and they immediately began searching for Godric's room. The carefully took a portion of the stairs leading to the Head Master's office. After about an hour of searching, they gave up. Apparently the room was not on the stairs. From there they entered the office itself and started searching. Harry started to get frustrated. He looked at Albus.
"Isn't there a secret compartment behind your portrait?" asked Harry.
"Yes there is," said Albus. "Why do you ask?"
"We can not find the entrance to Godric's room," said Harry.
"I suggest that you check behind all of the portraits," said Albus. "I never had reason to do so. You may be surprised."
Harry turned to the others and gave them Albus' suggestion. Harry searched behind Albus and did not find anything there. They went to Armando Dippet's portrait. Again they found nothing. Harry sat down for a few moments. His eye was caught by the photo of Phineas Nigellus. Harry walked over and lifted the picture down.
Phineas started to protest and Harry threatened to stun him if he didn't be quiet. Harry ran his hand over the spot where Phineas hung.
"I found it," said Harry. "Who would have thought that a portrait of a Slytherin would cover the entrance to Godric's room?"
Harry waved his hand and everyone present was presented with a sword. He opened the room and entered. They spaced out and looked for the portrait. He was found behind some heavy drapes.
"There must be another entrance to this room," said Minerva. "There is no way that Voldemort got in through the Head Master's office."
"We can ask Godric once we free him," said Harry.
He went through the motions of unraveling the magic that surrounded Godric. When he had the green light, Minerva swung the Gryffindor sword and severed the magic holding the portrait prisoner. Harry sat back against the wall and let Minerva and the rest tell Godric what was going on. Draco conjured a cool cloth and covered Harry's forehead with it. Harry stood and raised his hand.
"We are going to move you with the others," he said to Godric. "It will feel a little odd, but it is quicker and easier. From there, I will gather all four wands and free your ghosts from the portraits. After that, I will let the other three fill you in on what is going on as I am going to want to sleep for the rest of the day."
"That is fine with me," said Godric.
Harry raised his hands and with a quick gesture he had Godric hanging next to the other three founders. When he was done, everyone left the room and Harry walked over to the wand cases and took out all four wands. Draco put Phineas back on the wall where he was.
"When we are done freeing their ghosts," said Harry. "One of you, find out where the other entrance is and seal it permanently."
"We will take care of it Harry," said Draco. "Let us free the founders so that I can put you to bed. I can see the pain in your eyes."
Harry walked down to the Great Hall. The rest of the faculty was assembled there waiting. When Harry entered, each could see the pain in his eyes.
Harry handed Hermione, Rowena's wand. He handed Ginny, Godric's wand. He handed Draco Salazar's wand. Last but not least he handed Luna Helga's wand.
"On my mark everyone is to touch the wand of their prospective founder to their matching portrait," said Harry. "When you touch it, I will cast the spell that will prevent something like this from ever happening again."
"Something tells me that you are going to hit the floor when this is all done," said Draco with a frown.
"Probably lover," said Harry. "However this is a necessary thing to do. Sleeping for a day or so will not harm anything."
"That is true," said Draco. "Let's get this over with."
"I will count to three," said Harry. "When you hear three touch the portrait with the wand. Ready! One! Two! Three!"
As one the four touched the portraits with the wands. Harry started chanting as they did so. The founders started leaving their portraits and stood next to Harry. When Harry was finished with the chant, the portraits were still free to talk and give advice, and the ghosts were all standing around. Harry lowered his own wand, and his eyes rolled up into his head and he passed out. Poppy shook her head in exasperation and ran her wand over him.
"He is fine," she said. "He will probably wake up with a head ache. Severus and Draco get him into pajamas and into bed. You both know what potions he will need upon waking."
Severus and Draco sighed as they picked Harry up and carried him out of the hall and up to his bed. Draco sighed as he brushed a kiss on Harry's forehead and smiled.
"I really wish he would take it easy sometimes," said Draco. "It would make things so much easier on him."
"I highly doubt he will go for that," said Severus with a smirk. "Well, shall we get to work and finish up this whole mess?"
"Yes," said Draco as he headed out of the room. "The sooner we get everything done, the sooner that I can come and take care of my husband."
Draco and Severus made it back to the Great Hall just as Minerva and Hermione were told where the second entrance was. Together the two women sealed the entrance to the room.
"Hermione?" asked Draco. "Did you ever finish that tunnel?"
"Oh yes," she said. "I was finally able to finish it yesterday. We just have to wait for Harry to decide where he wants the new tunnel to start."
"Let's not worry about that for now," he replied. "I will strangle him if he doesn't take it easy for awhile."
"He better," Hermione agreed. "Or I will help you."
AUTHOR'S NOTE - I will end this chapter here. The moral of this chapter is that we must all work together. Only by working in unison with one another can we accomplish things that are larger than we are. It only takes one person to get things started, but it takes a whole team to see it to completion.