Don't Mess With My Family
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DSICLAIMER – "Hell if for Children" is a song by Pat Benetar.
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Chapter 16- Don't Mess With My Family
The following days saw both Harry and Draco walking around with a child in their arms. Hermione complained often that they were spending more time with the babies than she was. When she would fuss, Harry or Draco would give up one or the other of the children and continue on with their work. A crib was made and set in the Head Master's office so that the babies could be with Harry while Draco, Hermione, and Ginny were in class. During lunch and dinner, the seventh year students would rush to the aid of the four parents. At any given time one of the students could be seen feeding or burping a baby. The idea of having babies in the castle was endearing too many. The professors all fawned over the children. Chyna was a startling beauty with her blond hair and emerald green eyes. Alexander was a striking baby with his dark hair and silver eyes. Both children had some of Hermione's softness about them. The children were not ones to cry a lot. It seemed that even at their young age, the acceptance that Harry possessed was part of their heritage. At any given time, packages came from different people by way of owl post for the babies.
November flew and before long everyone was getting ready for the Christmas holidays. Hermione was back on her feet in no time and had resumed her classes. Molly was delighted to be able to spend time with her grandchildren. For, even though neither Harry nor Draco was blood related, Molly considered them her sons. Harry was constantly having pictures taken of the babies. They made great gift for people. Minerva had a whole wall in her suite of rooms set up for the baby pictures. Severus, not to be outdone by her, had a large photo of the twins on his desk and a second one on the wall behind his desk. Ginny confided that Severus would pause and smile at the pictures during class. Severus would deny this every time, but everyone knew that Ginny was telling the truth.
"Harry I am very much looking forward to the holiday," said Draco. "Now that our first two children are here, we can really go to town on spending money to get things for their rooms and such."
"Like you don't already do that enough as it is," teased Harry earning him a slap behind the head.
"Like you are any better," said Draco with a laugh. "Who was it that rushed out and bought the stuffed dragon and phoenix immediately after getting released from the medical ward?"
"Would you like to hear something really funny?" asked Harry.
"Sure," said Draco. "I am always up for a good laugh."
"Uncle Vernon was on the floor playing with the twins the other day," said Harry. "He was making cooing noises and wagging his head over the babies to get them to smile. I teased him about it relentlessly for hours."
"I would have loved to have seen that," said Draco. "He is quite the different man since you and I have been together."
"It took him to hear of my trials and hardships to get him to understand that I was a good person," said Harry smiling wistfully.
"You ARE a good person Harry," said Draco sitting in his lap. "You are the most gentlest and generous person that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Not to mention, you are one of the sexiest people to have ever caught my attention."
"Ah," said Harry. "The feeling is VERY mutual my love."
"TROUBLE," they said in unison.
Harry grabbed Draco and apparated them to the nursery. After each grabbed a twin, Harry apparated them to the teacher's lounge. Minerva and Severus were sitting with the Dursley's.
Harry handed Chyna to Petunia as Draco handed Alex to Vernon.
"We have trouble on the grounds," said Harry. "Minerva, summon the other professors. Severus, get Team Potter ready. Draco, summon the DA. Please Hurry. We don't have much time. Death Eaters and Voldemort have come onto the grounds of Hogwarts."
Simultaneously, three voices were making announcements. Harry meanwhile turned on the spot and apparated to the entrance of the castle. He checked the wards on the castle itself to make sure they were still strong. A pop sounded next to Harry and Draco appeared. Soon Harry could sense that the teachers, Team Potter, and members of the DA were getting into position. Harry and Draco raised their hands together and summoned their swords. Severus arrived and summoned Salazar's sword. Hermione walked up next with her wand in one hand and Rowena's sword in the other. Luna appeared beside them with Helga's sword. Ginny was standing there as well with Godric's sword. They watched as Voldemort walked up without a fear in the world.
Harry sent a hex which blew up the ground at Voldemort's feet. The Dark Lord stopped and looked at the scene before him.
"You have gone far enough Riddle," said Harry. "You were very foolish to come here today. As you can see, we are prepared for battle. You can not hope to win."
"You are no match for me Golden Boy," Voldemort sneered.
"Would you care to put that to the test?" asked Harry with an equal sneer.
"AVADA KADAVRA!" screamed Voldemort.
Harry flicked his hand and sent the spell flying back at him. It missed Voldemort, but hit one of his lesser Death Eaters.
"That is NOT possible," said Voldemort.
"When will you ever learn that YOU CAN'T BEAT ME USING THAT SPELL," said Harry getting louder with each word.
"I may not be able to beat you with it," said Tom. "Can you say the same for others?"
"Care to put it to the test?" asked Draco smirking.
"AVADA KADAVRA!" said Tom pointing this time at Draco.
Draco laughed as he used his sword like a muggle baseball bat and hit the spell into the midst of the Death Eaters. From there Draco transformed into his Dragon Animagus and threw a flame of fire at the opposing Death Eaters. Harry transformed into his phoenix form and joined his husband in the air.
"STOP!" yelled Voldemort. "I have not come here to battle. I have come to mention a few things."
Harry and Draco transformed back into their human selves. With a look at one another they shifted on the spot and apparated behind the Death Eaters.
"What did you want to tell us?" asked Harry.
Voldemort was speechless for a moment. Not only had they both deflected the killing curse that killed two of his Death Eaters, but now they were both apparating on the grounds of Hogwarts. None of it made sense to Voldemort.
"I have come to warn you," said Voldemort. "Stop the kidnapping of my Death Eaters at Borgin and Burkes. For every Death Eater you take, I will take one of your family and friends. As it is your twins will not be alive for very much longer."
Draco turned on the spot and apparated away. He went to check on the babies. When he arrived, he saw that both were safe and sound with Minerva and Narcissa watching over them. With a sigh of relief he shifted and apparated back to Harry's side.
"Not our children," said Draco. "Both are safe and sound with Mother and Minerva."
Voldemort laughed cruelly in their faces.
"I was not talking about those twins," he snarled. "I am referring to the red headed ones."
"NOOOOO," screamed Ginny. "He has Fred and George. Kill him Harry before he hurts my brothers."
Harry prepared his mind and focused on the thoughts of the Dark Lord. Draco and Hermione froze the Death Eaters where they stood. Voldemort was unaffected by this spell. However Voldemort was in trouble in his own way as Harry was ripping apart his mind looking for the location of the twins. When he found what he was looking for, he pulled roughly out of the mind of Voldemort. Voldemort released his minions and they left. Harry looked around for Molly. When he found her he beckoned her forward.
"We don't have much time," he said. "Come with me and Draco to where the twins live. We need some of their possessions."
She nodded as the three raced to the spot where Molly could apparate. Harry and Draco went with her in a side along. The appeared in Fred and George's home. Molly went upstairs and came back with hair brushes of both boys.
"Will these help?" she asked pulling loose hairs out of the brushes.
"Perfect," said Harry. "Draco I need two drops of Molly's blood. Once I cast the spell, it will tell us where the twins are and we can go and rescue them."
Molly handed Draco her hand and Draco got the blood from her. When he had it, Harry put it with the hair of the twins. He and Draco each grabbed Molly's hands and started to chant. Draco, having studied the tomes of all four founders, knew what spell Harry was casting. Together with Molly feeding the spell with her energy, the trio appeared at the Riddle Manor. The fight, that broke out from there was immense. Harry and Draco were furious. However their fury was no match for Molly's. She spun and danced as she dueled with the Death Eaters. Harry and Draco helped by keeping the Unforgivable Curses at bay. Those that were attempting to stop the trio fled. Finally it came down to the cell where the twins were barely breathing. Gibbon and Yaxley were standing guard over the door. Voldemort appeared in their midst.
"Molly," said Harry quickly. "Grab the twins and go to Gryffindor Manor. Draco and I will keep these three dumbasses busy while you get the boys to safety."
Molly nodded her head once in understanding before she barreled through the trio guarding the door. Harry went after Voldemort with a fury. The two were locked in a deadly battle. Draco was battling the other two. He was not doing so well. Powerful as he was, Draco was battling two of the Dark Lords inner circle. Harry noticed that Draco was faltering.
"Draco, use the necklace," Harry shouted. "It will bring Severus here. I gave him mine."
Draco grabbed the necklace and rubbed it quickly. Within seconds, Severus was by his side and the battle continued. The fight was now in favor of Harry and Draco, and Voldemort knew it. Molly had already grabbed the twins and apparated away with them.
"Another day then Potter," said Voldemort. "We will end this one day once and for all. What have you done with Nagini?"
"She lives with me now," said Harry tapping his scar. "I offered her a better life and she took it. She did me a favor and killed Pettigrew. Seems she didn't like him any more than I did. Tell me Tom. Why did you kill my parents?"
"I didn't," said Tom.
Harry stopped and just stared at the man. Severus quickly stunned Yaxley as Draco stunned Gibbon.
"What did you say?" asked Harry.
Draco and Severus were also staring at the Dark Lord in astonishment.
"I said I didn't kill your parents," said Tom.
"Dumbledore said you did," exclaimed Harry. "Are you telling me that he lied?"
"No," said Tom. "He was mistaken."
"What do you mean?" asked Harry.
"Shall we have a civil conversation for once Harry Potter?" asked Tom.
"I am listening," said Harry. "Do not expect me to lower my defenses though. I still don't trust you."
"Understandably," said Tom conjuring chairs for everyone. "Harry, can you send these two slugs someplace for the Ministry of Magic to find?"
"Sure," said Harry mystified by the change in Tom.
With a wave of his hand in a complicated gesture, both Death Eaters disappeared and reappeared in Azkaban. Harry turned and sent a patronus to Kingsley telling him what was going on. When he was done, he sat next to Draco and watched as Voldemort sat comfortably in his chair.
"I have to admit," said Harry. "I am completely baffled by all of this."
"Let me tell you a story," said Tom. "As you know, I was raised in a muggle orphanage. My father left my mother and she died minutes after naming me."
Harry nodded. He knew all of this. Albus had told him.
"I am NOT the Dark Lord," said Tom. "I am a puppet for a stronger Dark Wizard. While I am titled Lord, he is titled Prince or King depending on how you want to look at it."
"You have killed so many people," said Harry. "You have had your Death Eaters do terrible things to others."
"I had no choice," said Tom. "I am sure you know what an Unbreakable Vow is?"
"Of course," said Harry.
"The Dark Prince made me swear an Unbreakable Vow to enter his service or the agony that he would inflict upon me would be worse than Death," said Tom. "I did not have a choice in the matter. YOU were trained to lead the forces of Light. Albus trained you in every aspect that he could. Once it was discovered that you are the heir to all four founders of Hogwarts, the possibilities for you were endless. I will not be able to defeat you. So I have been hoping that eventually you would kill me. Death is the only way out of the contract that I have made. At the time, it did not seem like there would be anyone strong enough to ever defeat me, so the oath was not worded as wisely as it should. It is the reason I am able to talk with you about it today."
"I am following all of this logically," said Harry grabbing and holding Draco's hand. "Severus, go back to the castle and let everyone know that everything is ok. Just don't tell anyone what is currently happening. You are good at making up plausible stories. You did it for years with both Albus and Tom."
Severus nodded his head, turned on the spot and apparated away. When he was gone, Harry and Draco turned back to Tom.
"So what should we call you?" asked Draco.
"By my name of course," said Tom. "My mother named me Tom Riddle. Lord Voldemort was made by the Dark Prince. I have always found that to be a very stupid name."
"So tell me," said Harry in a whisper. "Who killed my mom and dad?"
"Gellert Grindelwald," said Tom.
"Albus' lover did all of this?" asked Harry. "Why would he do something like this?"
"He used me as his puppet from the time I was born to fight against Albus," said Tom sadly. "When Albus defeated him in 1945, he grew bitter and angry. His lover had defied him, and he lost the Elder Wand. He was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in Nurmengard. However, he comes and goes as he wishes. He did build the place after all. He knows all of her secrets. Also, he doesn't have to show his face when he can get his son to do it for him."
"SON?" asked Draco in shock. "I thought your father was a muggle named Tom Riddle."
"That is the image that Gellert wanted people to see," said Harry suddenly in understanding. "If Tom had a grudge against a muggle for abandoning him before he was born and then a grudge against his mother for not having the will to live, then people would always suspect him rather than the true source. Albus believing that Gellert was safely behind bars never had any reason to go searching beyond what he remembered and could get from the memories of others."
"Very good Harry," said Tom.
"Then this scar did not come from you," said Harry. "It came from Grindelwald."
"Polyjuice potion," said Tom. "Would you like to see Harry? I will lower my shields freely and let you look and see. Otherwise you may decide that I am lying to you."
Harry looked to Draco who nodded.
"I can help if something goes wrong Harry," he said. "Go and look for yourself. I will leave the telepathic link open. That way I can see also. If this is a trap I will just close the link and get you safely out."
Harry stood up and walked over to Tom. He felt Draco in the back of his mind. Harry reached out and placed his hands on the sides of Tom's head. He took a deep breath and entered his mind. True to Tom's word, the shields were down and Harry easily started sifting through the memories. Nothing seemed out of place. Nothing was tampered with and nothing was a lie. Harry saw the full truth of the matter and through the link, so did Draco. Harry carefully removed himself from Tom's mind.
Tom sat there and waited. He gave Harry time to process everything he saw. He summoned a house elf who brought refreshments to the three men sitting there. Harry absently sipped his tea while organizing his thoughts.
"OK," said Harry. "I have a few more questions."
"I will answer them to the best of my ability," said Tom. "Do not forget that I am still bound by the vow. I may not be able to tell you everything you need to hear."
"Before I ask my questions," said Harry. "There is a way of breaking that bond."
"Really?" asked Tom with wide eyes. "How do you know?"
"Did you forget that I have the Book of Shadows of the founders?" asked Harry. "Draco and I have studied them extensively. That is how I have been able to remove the Dark Mark from the arms of Severus and a few others."
"It would make things easier if I no longer had the bond," said Tom. "That way I can answer all of your questions."
"Tom," said Harry. "Summon the sword of Salazar."
Tom did as Harry directed. Draco and Harry pulled their swords out and had Tom lift his blade up. Harry and Draco touched the tips of their blade to Tom's. The three swords started to glow. Harry and Draco started to chant. Harry nodded to Tom who quickly picked up on the chant and added his power to the spell. Harry summoned an athame and pricked Draco's finger. Draco added his blood to the spell and then took the athame from Harry. He did the same to Tom's finger. Tom quickly added his blood to the spell and then took the athame from Draco. Tom quickly pricked Harry's finger. Harry added his blood to the spell and quickly banished the athame.
By the bond of blood
Taken from thee
We cast this spell
For you to be free
Say the words strong and clear
Let the magic flow from far to near
Repeat the words three times three
Break the bond
So Mote it Be!
The trio said the words a total of nine times. When they were done, all three men rose off the floor and started to glow red, then blue. Quickly the colors of green and yellow entered the mixture and circled around the three men. When the colors were finished, the three men drifted to the floor and landed lightly.
"That was amazing," said Tom. "That was the purest magic that I have ever witnessed."
"Did it work?" asked Harry as he sat down.
"Oh yes," said Tom sitting himself gently in the chair opposite the two men. "I feel as if a weight has been lifted off of me."
"Ok then," said Harry. "I guess now you can answer some of my questions without hindrance."
"Ask away," said Tom with a smile.
"Why did you need or want my blood so bad to regenerate after the tri wizard's tournament?" asked Harry.
"Ah," said Tom. "That is a good question and I am glad that you asked. You see, I needed your blood because you are the most powerful wizard for the Forces of Light. Albus was just as powerful as you were at that point. Only, because you had not yet come into all of your own power yet. Albus believed I was evil incarnate, so I could not very well use his blood to regenerate."
"That makes sense I guess," said Harry. "How did you end up in that predicament in the first place?"
"My father," said Tom plainly. "It was a punishment for refusing him. I was stripped of body. I had only been allowed to leave with the barest minimum of magic."
"Why did you create those horcruxes?" asked Harry.
"Another good question," said Tom. "In truth only one was mine. The others belonged to dear old dad. He doesn't know that you have destroyed them yet."
"Last question," said Harry. "Why did Bellatrix torture the Longbottoms until their minds snapped. She claimed she did it for her Lord. We all know that she loves you and would do anything for you."
"Excellent," said Tom. "Bellatrix only loves power. As their heir to the Dark Prince, she was promised that when the time was right that her husband and his brother would be killed and she would marry me. It would make her the queen of Darkness."
"Figures," said Draco. "I have one question for you Tom."
"I probably have the answer," remarked Tom with a smile.
"Why this look?" asked Draco. "You do not even look human anymore."
Glamour," said Tom waving his hand over his face and releasing the magic. "I had to keep the image or else risk Dear Old Dad's wrath again. By looking that way, it made me the perfect little Dark Lord. What you see now is what my true identity is."
Tom was still the same height, but his eyes were a soft green color and his hair was still the wavy brown like he had when he came out of the diary. He was quite powerfully built. The ghostlike appearance was gone. He had some color to his complexion.
"So the horcrux of you I destroyed was the diary," said Harry.
"Yes Harry," said Tom. "That is correct. The one and only horcrux I ever made."
"What do we do now?" asked Draco.
"Tom has to come back with us," said Harry. "We have to stop Gellert and the rest of the Death Eaters. That is, if you are willing."
"I would be honored to work side by side with you all," said Tom. "What will we tell the rest of the occupants of the castle?"
"You just leave that to me," said Harry banishing the swords back to their showcases. "Lets get you home."
Harry smiled and held his hand out to Tom. Tom smiled and hesitantly took it. Draco took his other hand and then Harry turned on the spot and apparated them to the Head Master's office.
When they got there, Severus and Minerva were sitting there. Severus stood up and immediately went to Harry and Draco.
"Are the two of you alright?" he asked with concern.
"Yes we are fine," said Harry. "I think we have to get the rest of the cast of characters together. It will be easier for all of you to hear this as a group rather than me trying to explain it over and over."
"I will get everyone gathered for you," said Minerva standing. "I know a little bit of what is going on. That is the only reason that I have not blasted the man standing next to you."
With that she left to go and get the professors that mattered most. While she was gone, Harry showed Tom the swords of the founders, their wands, and their Books of Shadows. It was not long before they could see the teachers on their way to the office. Harry took out his pensieve and set it in the middle of the room. He lifted his wand to his temple and withdrew the memory of the day from his head and placed it on the bowl. Draco quickly conjured chairs for the group and went to sit on Harry's desk. Tom was given Harry's chair, and Harry sat on the opposite side of him also on the desk.
Harry, Draco, and Tom launched into their tale. From time to time, Harry could see Albus tear up and start to cry. At other times, you could see the anger on his face. The same response mirrored on some of the occupants of the room. When they were done with their explanation, Harry offered any who wanted to view the memory in the pensieve. Only a few decided to take Harry up on that offer. Minerva, Arthur, and Molly were among five that wanted to view the memory for themselves. While they were viewing the memory, Harry called to Vernon and Petunia to bring the babies. Harry and Draco proudly presented their children to Tom who immediately asked to hold them. Harry and Draco obliged with a smile. After a few minutes of watching, Narcissa and Severus were smiling at the antics of Tom with the little ones. They were just as fascinated by him as he was of them. Hermione and Ginny glowed with happiness when Tom offered his congratulations on such beautiful children. The five came out of the memory with awed looks on their faces. They had a new respect for Tom.
"That was quite some spell you cast," said Molly. "You are just lucky I don't have my favorite wooden spoon with me, or I would be beating you half to death for putting my boys in danger."
"Mrs. Weasley," said Tom. "Your boys would not have come to any harm. It was the reason that I came to Hogwarts in the first place. I knew that Harry and Draco would figure out the clue. I had to get them away from Hogwarts where I could assist them with my magic. As powerful as I am, they are more powerful still."
"I have an idea," said Harry twitching his fingers suddenly. "This song is for me, Tom, and Draco as well as any other abused orphan."
Music started playing. Harry picked up on the notes and dove into the song.
They cry in the dark, so you can't see their tearsThey hide in the light, so you can't see their fearsForgive and forget, all the whileLove and pain become one and the sameIn the eyes of a wounded childBecause hellHell is for childrenAnd you know that their little lives can become such a messHellHell is for childrenAnd you shouldn't have to pay for your love with your bones and your flesh
It's all so confusing, this brutal abusingThey blacken your eyes, and then apologizeYou're daddy's good girl, and don't tell mommy a thingBe a good little boy, and you'll get a new toyTell grandma you fell off the swing
Because hellHell is for childrenAnd you know that their little lives can become such a messHellHell is for childrenAnd you shouldn't have to pay for your love with your bones and your flesh
No, hell is for children
HellHell is for hellHell is for hellHell is for children
HellHell is for hellHell is for hellHell is for children
HellHell is for hellHell is for hellHell is for children
Hell is for childrenHell is for children
"NO MORE shall children suffer at the cruelty from those that think they can be used, abused, or molded," said Harry fiercely.
"Harry you have a beautiful singing voice," said Tom. "Your voice has magic all on its own. I have never witnessed the likes of something like it before."
"You should hear my husband sing," said Harry with a laugh. "He turns me to butter when his voice starts."
"You two are soul bonded I presume," stated Tom.
"Stronger than any other bonded pair before," said Albus from his portrait. "Tom I am so sorry that I have acted the way that I have towards you. Had I known when I was alive, then I would never have done what I did. I would have worked hard to help you."
"No apology is necessary Professor," said Tom. "You were fooled just like everyone else was. I do not fault you. The blame lies with my father. I think it is time for us to come up with a plan on how to stop him."
For the next two hours, the group all talked about strategy and how they could stop Gellert. Their first order of business was to stop Bellatrix. Now that Tom was working with the Forces of Light, she was the most powerful lieutenant in Gellert's army.
AUTHOR'S NOTE – How was that for a twist? The moral of this chapter is that nothing is ever what it appears on the surface. If you dig enough then you will uncover the truths and half lies that could be told to you. If you believe something just because someone else says it is to be true, then you are robbing yourself of learning something on your own. If you do your own research and look for the answers yourself rather than closing your mind to other possibilities, then you are robbing yourself of the thirst for knowledge and the possible truth. Be Toto from the Wizard of Oz. Find the man behind the curtain instead of believing something that someone says when you have doubt. You may surprise yourself.