A Boot of an Attack
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Chapter 4 – A Boot of an Attack
The next day came bright and early for Harry and the rest of the inhabitants of Hogwarts. Harry had of course recovered from his horror at shredding Pansy's runner abilities. Draco, Severus, and Albus sat with him periodically to make sure that he understood that it was necessary. Finally Ginny had enough and walked over to him. She was already cranky.
"Harry James Potter," she fired at him. "It is time that you realized that what you did was necessary."
"Ginny, I," Harry started.
However she cut him off before he could string a whole sentence together.
"Don't interrupt me," she shouted. "How many times do we have to tell you that it is either them or us?"
"Ginny, I," Harry tried again.
"Harry," she interrupted again more kindly. "We love you. We know that you have a heart of gold. It doesn't do anyone any good for you to mope about after each time we run into and deal with a Dark Runner. You can not let it bother you so much. It is great that you feel pain even for your enemies, but it hurts us to see you so down on yourself for doing what you have to do."
"Can I get a word in edge wise?" snapped Harry irritated now.
Ginny snapped her lips closed. Harry rarely snapped at anyone, much less her. She watched him warily as he paced before her.
"I can not help the way I feel," said Harry when he calmed down. "I hurt when I hurt someone else. It is who and what I am. I understand what you are saying. However you are not telling me anything that I do not already know. I repeat. I can not help how I feel even for my enemies."
Ginny turned slightly red. She walked over to him and placed her hands on his cheeks and turned his head to look into her eyes.
"That is why we love you so much Harry," she said quietly. "Each one of us will do our part to help you in this battle. We know how you feel. We are just hoping that you would not dwell on it for so long. What you are not realizing is that when you are depressed, everyone around you is depressed. We just care about you."
Harry sighed and absently started rubbing her belly with his hands. Her stomach trembled slightly as the babies responded to his touch.
"I will work on it Ginny," he said. "That is the best that I can promise. I know you are all correct. I just can't help how I feel. I will try to do better though."
"I have some news for you Harry," she said. "Blaise Zabini has been accepted into the Aurors office. He is now one of the Aurors that is working specifically to help catch Dark Runners."
"Hey that's great news," said Harry excitedly. "I know where he can pick up two more Dark Runners."
"I did not know that," said Ginny. "You better let him know then so that he can work on it."
Harry however had already started towards the fireplace. Quickly he threw in some floo powder and called to the Aurors department. When he got the correct department, he asked for Blaise. Quickly Blaise appeared before Harry.
"Hey Harry," he said. "How are you these days? That was great work on catching Pansy Parkinson. Because of all the training that you have given me I am one of the head people in charge of dealing with Dark Runners."
"That's great Blaise," said Harry. "I happen to know that Crabbe and Goyle are Dark Runners."
"Moody has suspected as much, but we don't know where to find them," said Blaise with little surprise at Harry's proclamation. "They seem to have gone underground now. We are still looking for them."
"Luck is with you then," said Harry. "They live on Knockturn Alley in a small apartment. The building is green with a blue door. They are in apartment one."
Blaise was quickly writing this down. The more Harry spoke the more excited he became.
"Thank you Harry," said Blaise. "From now on if you need to contact me, you can just weave the light to me. I am a Runner. No where near as powerful as Moody, but I have my three colors."
"This is good news," said Harry. "Open yourself up so that I can get your colors."
"Of course Harry," he replied.
Blaise took a step back and quickly opened himself to Harry. Harry quickly wove a pattern and raced to Blaise. He entered and saw the onyx, diamond and emerald colors that made up Blaise's core of being. Quickly he arranged the colors so that they were more stable. From there, he pulled back out and explained to Blaise what he had done.
"Thanks Harry," said Blaise. "I actually can feel what you did. It feels stronger. Now if you would excuse me, I have to set up the sting operation to catch Crabbe and Goyle."
"Of course," said Harry. "Good luck and happy hunting."
With that Harry pulled himself out of the fire. When he turned around, he noticed Ginny standing there with a small smile on her face.
"What is it?" asked Harry.
"Oh, the babies are moving again is all," she replied.
Draco entered the room as she was saying this. Together he and Harry walked up to her and each placed a hand on her belly. She sighed and allowed them to feel the babies inside of her.
Harry walked down to the dungeons. He wanted to talk to Severus. Harry knocked on the door and waited for permission to enter. Harry walked in and Severus smiled at him.
"Hello Harry," he said. "What brings you to this part of the castle?"
"I have a question I wanted to ask you," Harry replied. "You are free to say no if you want to, but I don't think you will."
"I'll bite," said Severus. "What is it you want to ask of me that I wont want to refuse?"
"I was wondering if you would like to be godfather to my child when he or she is born?" asked Harry.
Severus was stunned for a moment. It was common knowledge that he was Draco's god father. Here was the most powerful wizard in the world asking for him to be god father of his child as well. A few years had passed since Severus felt any animosity towards Harry. Severus loved the young man as if Harry were his own child. Severus also knew that Harry's child would be very powerful as well. Why wouldn't the child be powerful? Harry was its father and Ginny Weasley was its mother. Ginny was quite a powerful witch herself and Severus knew it.
"Harry I would be delighted to be the godfather of your child," he said coming out of his thoughts. "I am so honored that you would ask me. I thought you would ask Draco, Albus, or Remus."
"I honestly thought about them," replied Harry sheepishly. "However, I knew that you would enjoy the opportunity more. Besides, Remus has his own child to think about, and Albus is just Albus. He will be like the grandfather to the child anyway. Draco will be like a partner in the raising of our children together. Also, I know that if anything ever happens to me, that you would be right there to help my child. I can think of no one better than you to be the godfather of my baby when it's born."
"Thank you Harry," said Severus. "This does mean a lot to me. You are correct. If anything ever happens to you, I will do everything in my power to make sure that your child will be taken care of."
Thanks Sev," said Harry. "I have to go ask the lady I have in mind if she would like to be god mother. I will talk with you later."
Severus chuckled as he showed Harry to the door. Harry quickly turned on the spot and apparated to his office.
Draco made his way to the charms classroom. He waited patiently for Albus to finish what he was doing. He did not want to disturb. He fretted over what he wanted to ask the old wizard, but he could not put it to words. He turned to leave.
"Is there something that you wish to discuss with me Draco?" asked Albus in an amused tone.
Draco froze in place. He did not think that Albus had realized he was there, much less that he wanted to talk to him. Slowly he turned and with a red face approached the older wizard.
"There is something I wanted to ask," said Draco in a low voice. "I know I wasn't always the most polite student in the school when you were Head Master. In fact I was quite rude and obnoxious."
"You turned out to be a fine young man Draco," said Albus sincerely. "Your bond with Harry is such a wonderful delight to my eyes. I get the feeling however, that you did not come here to reminisce."
"You are right Albus," said Draco nervously. "I came to ask you if you would consent to be godfather to my child when it is born."
"Draco I would be delighted to be the godfather to your child," said Albus excitedly. "I am so happy that you asked me. I have never been asked before to be the godfather. Between us, people want me to be protector. Never before has someone actually asked me to be godfather. Thank you so much for thinking of me."
Draco laughed at the childlike delight on the man that was well over a hundred years old. To see Albus Dumbledore acting so giddy was positively wonderful. Albus was so delighted that he danced a few steps while leaving the room, completely forgetting that Draco was still standing there. Draco laughed even harder at this. Following Albus out the door, Draco closed it and returned to the rooms he shared with Harry.
When Draco entered the room, he knew right away that something was wrong. Harry was there, but he was caught in a weave. Draco had trained with Harry enough to know what to do. Without panicking, he stepped into the light and quickly wove to the other runners in the castle. When he finished relaying the emergency, he quickly opened his channels and started searching for a way into Harry's mind. He left part of himself out so that he could lead the others to where Harry was when they arrived. Minerva, Severus, Ginny, and Albus were the first to arrive. Draco quickly flung out the light to them. Each person grabbed hold and entered with him. They were astonished by what was going on. Harry was in the middle of a fight with people that were attempting to shred his abilities. What was so odd about it was that they did not know what they were doing. They were attacking Harry with everything that they had. Quickly entering the fray, Albus and Minerva went after one group as Severus attempted to get to Harry's side. By this time, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Luna, Pomona, and Poppy had all made it to the office and latched on to the light that Draco flung to them. Together with Draco, they entered the fray. There were people that some of them recognized. Terry Boot and a lone female were the ones that were viciously attacking Harry from one end to the other. Severus was still unable to get to Harry's side. They could all see that Harry was getting tired. Draco made to enter and assist Severus when he was blocked by a familiar person. Standing in front of Draco was none other than Viktor Krum.
"Not so fast," said Viktor.
From there the battle between the Bulgarian and Harry's partner started. Ron and Neville made there way over and converged on Crabbe and Goyle. Poppy and Pomona meanwhile went after Mulciber and Gibbon. Albus saw two that he was interested in and went for the Carrows. Amycus and Alecto Carrow were the ones that were keeping many away from Harry. Minerva spotted a couple of students and went after them with a fury that surprised many. Severus gave up attempting to reach Harry and went after Thorfinn Rowle and Antonin Dolohov. Hermione had spotted Percy Weasley and went after him in a flash. Ginny went after Augustus Rookwood. Luna went after Peter Pettigrew.
Harry knew he was in trouble. There were too many people attacking him at all sides. There was not enough time for him to get help. He started to get tired. He was fighting as hard as he could. He knew that he would die in this battle if help did not come soon. Just as Harry started to panic, things got a little easier. He noticed that his attackers started to waver and their attention was drawn elsewhere. Harry looked around quickly and saw to his delight that Albus and the rest had joined the fight. It gave Harry all the more incentive to fight harder. He pulled on some of their energy. He did not pull much, as he knew they would need it, but he pulled. It still amazed him that the Dark Runners had no idea that he had six colors. It was almost as if only those of the light could see the sixth color. Harry was wondering what to do about this strange female and Terry Boot when he noticed that there seemed to be a commotion forming. Terry Boot and the one known as Lilith left off on their attack of Harry and started moving towards two of their members. Harry followed their line of vision and noticed that Crabbe and Goyle were screaming in agony. Minerva was still dealing with Millicent Bulstrode when Yaxley appeared. Harry quickly rushed to her side and flung power at the offenders knocking them back. It was then that Harry realized that Crabbe and Goyle were becoming shadow lost. Someone on the outside world must have located them and covered them from the light. As they only had two colors each, Harry knew it would not be long before they died. Lilith and Terry were struggling to keep this from happening. They combined their forces and eventually pulled Crabbe and Goyle from danger. Harry noticed that even though they were safe from being shadow lost, that they were pulled from the weave. With two more of their members down, that meant that the Dark Runners were outnumbered. Like all cowards, when the odds are not in their favor, the Dark Runners slowly left the weave. Terry Boot and Lilith was still a formidable pair. They were able to keep everyone back until the last of their numbers was safely out of the weave.
"We will be back for you Potter," snarled Terry Boot. "We will strike when you least expect it."
Lilith did not say anything to him. She just stood there and watched in interest as Harry started unraveling his friends from the weave. It was then that she realized that Harry was a lot more powerful than she was. She nervously looked at Terry. He shrugged and together the pair left the weave.
Harry quickly surveyed his friends to make sure that everyone was ok and then gently pushed them out of the weave and back into their own bodies. Draco, Severus, and Albus were the last three still in Harry's mind. They all approached him. They looked to each other and a nod passed between them. Harry quickly understood what it was they were about to do and with a quick flick of his hands, sent them out of him mind and back to themselves. Harry quickly gathered himself and left the weave. He came to with a start and with fury on his face.
"If you ever try that again I will personally stop you from running ever again," said Harry angrily to the three men. "I will not let you sacrifice yourselves in that way. It is too dangerous."
"What are you talking about Harry?" asked Minerva in shock.
No one present had ever seen Harry this upset at the three men. All of them were looking a bit guilty and stared at the floor.
"They were going to do what I call a color explosion," said Harry. "Essentially they were going to commit suicide to prevent the Dark Runners from being able to get to me again."
Hermione and Poppy both had horrified looks on their faces. Ginny walked over to Draco and gave him a sound slap across the face.
"How dare you attempt to do something like that?" she screamed at him. "I am carrying your UNBORN child. Does that mean so little to you?"
Minerva was meanwhile screeching something at Albus about how foolish he was. Harry just stood there looking at Severus.
"How could you Severus?" asked Hermione. "You know how much Harry depends on and cares for you. How could you do that to him?"
Severus, Draco, and Albus all looked thoroughly ashamed. None of them defended themselves against the verbal onslaught that they were being given. When Harry felt they learned their lesson, he calmed everyone down. He asked for some privacy with the three men. The others gave Harry a swift pat on the arm and a glare at the other three and quietly left.
"Sit," ordered Harry. "What do you think would have happened if I let you do that? Sure my mind would have been safe from further attacks. However my heart would have died because of it. You three are the most important people in my life. It hurts to know that you think so little of yourselves. I do not want anyone sacrificing themselves for me. I AM NOT WORTH IT."
"Harry I am so sorry," whispered Draco who was in tears. "I guess I did not put enough thought into it."
"We did not either Harry," admitted Albus with Severus nodding at his side. "We humbly ask for your forgiveness."
Harry got up and grabbed each man by the arms. He looked them dead in the eye. Each man could see the pain and the horror behind what had almost happened.
"I will forgive you if you promise me that you will never try something like that again," said Harry solemnly.
"I promise Harry," said Severus. "I will never try that again. I am so sorry."
"I also promise," said Albus. "I also will never attempt that again. It was foolish to even think it."
"I'll never forgive myself Harry," said Draco miserably. "I know how much you care for and love me. It was stupid. I promise to not try that again."
"You are all forgiven," said Harry. "Well at least by me at any rate. I would say that you have some serious sucking up to do with the rest of them though."
"No kidding," said Draco rubbing his cheek which still held the imprint of Ginny's hand on it.
Harry burst out laughing. After a few moments the rest of them joined in. Each one present knew that Harry was grateful for them and what they did to help. They also knew that he forgave them for their error in judgment.
"Well at least we know who our Dark Runners are now," said Albus mildly.
"That is true," stated Harry. "Now it is to find them that is the problem. I wonder why Lilith was looking at me so strangely however?"
"I'm sure we will find out all too soon," said Albus sagely. "I am more curious as to what was going on with Crabbe and Goyle."
"I have a theory," said Harry wickedly mimicking his mentor and friend.
Author's Note – We will stop here. I will start out the next chapter with what happened with Crabbe and Goyle. I hope you like this Chapter. Let me know what you think.