Over the weekend Alexander and Aiden recuperate from their ordeal as they also waited for Katherine to bring Alexander another bracelet that would conceal his true looks. For Alexander it was a time to be with his family as himself and to interact with them and get to know them.
It was during a time that he was playing cards with Aiden, Dante and Stephen who had become constant fixtures in the Potter rooms that he remembered that it was Hermione’s birthday.
“Shit!” He cursed.
Aiden smirked. He knew what Alexander had forgotten. Dante and Stephen shared a glance and shrugged. Dante rolled his eyes at Alexander, “what was that for?”
Alexander hit Aiden on the shoulder. “You prat!” He turned to Dante, “Hermione’s birthday is coming up…I need to do something special.”
Stephen grinned. “Ooh! Is this an end to the couple known as Dante and Alexander?”
Alexander blushed while Dante frowned. “Of course not…who said that we had broken up.” Dante turned to Alexander, “I’ll help you do something. In fact both of these troublemakers will help as well.”
“What!” Came shouts from Stephen and Aiden.
Alexander grinned. “Perfect.” He motioned them to come closer and told them his plans. Unbeknown to them a small figure was watching from the shadows. Juniper Potter was a Ravenclaw. She considered herself a smart girl and knew things that were happening. Right now she was in a quandary. She had come to ask her mother a question, and instead found four young men sitting around the endtable. One was of course her brother, but what confused her was his exact copy that sat next to him. She frowned. She would have to find Will…he would tell her one way or another.
“A pretty flower for a pretty lady.”
Hermione smiled as a rose was given to her. She turned and saw Alexander behind her with that grin she had come to appreciate. She was even more surprised when he kissed her on the cheek. “Alexander…what do you want?”
Alexander grinned sheepishly. “What makes you think that I want something?”
Hermione smirked. “Because…I can see Aiden, Stephen and Dante standing behind you, and you all have a twinkle in your eyes.”
Alexander sighed as the other boys laughed. Dante clapped him on the shoulder, “she’s got you pegged.”
Alexander stuck out his tongue. He turned back to Hermione and handed her a card. He winked, “just follow the instructions and I’m sure that you’ll find a reward at the end.”
He bowed then turned and left. The other boys bowed and winked as well before they followed after Alexander.
“That was weird.”
Hermione glanced over to see that Elara and Ginny were next to her. Elara nodded her head, “you need to keep that.”
Ginny nodded in agreement. “That’s right. He obviously likes you,” she smirked at Hermione, “plus you’ve done the deed.”
Hermione blushed. “How do you know that?”
Ginny grinned. “Please. This is me your talking to…I have my ways. Plus you just admitted that you did something as you didn’t deny it.”
“Ginny!” Hermione’s face got even redder.
Ginny and Elara laughed.
Elara smiled. “Your so lucky. Alexander is one of a kind…if this got out so many girls would be jealous.” She motioned to the card, “what’s it say on the card?”
Hermione opened it up to revel a nice creamy cardstock with extreme flowery lettering, “it says: Miss Hermione Granger, you are hereby invited to a night that will be one of a kind. All you have to do is show up at the Astronomy tower tonight at 7. Wear something sexy.”
Both Ginny and Elara laughed while Hermione blushed again. This was…she didn’t know what was happening. Ginny and Elara shared a look and then grabbed her hands pulling her towards the common room. “Come on. Let’s get you ready.”
Hermione peered around the corner that led to the Astronomy tower. She was being cautious because Ginny and Elara had gone all out to deck her out for tonight. She blushed. They had decked her out in a rather revealing outfit, not something that she was really used to wearing. She was slightly embarrassed. She jumped at a tap on her shoulder. She turned to see Aiden, wearing a black tux looking quite dapper.
“My lady…if you would follow me. Your evening awaits.”
He bowed and motioned for her to enter the tower. Hermione opened the door, gingerly, making her way up the stairs…and had to gasp in surprise. Thousands of rose petals were strewn on the floor and in the middle of the room, a table set for two was set up, complete with candles and a bouquet of roses in the middle. There was soft music playing which was coming from the corner where Dante, Stephen, Theo and to her amazement Amara. It was like her own private concert.
The man in question was standing by the table with that goofy grin on his face that she was starting to love. Forgetting her embarrassment she walked up to him, her eyes never leaving his face. “So…what’s the occasion?”
Alexander smiled and kissed her hand. “Why…it’s your birthday.”
Hermione’s eyes widened. She had totally forgotten in the wake of having to study for exams. “…Alexander.” She was totally blown away. No one had ever done this for her before.
Alexander smiled at her and kissed her cheek this time. “I told you…your special.” He took her hand and led her over and pulled out her chair for her, motioning for her to sit down. He then took a seat across from her and snapped her fingers. Aiden appeared and was acting as the waiter. Hermione had an enjoyable dinner, talking and spending time with Alexander, while the music played in the background.
Hermione laughed. “I can’t believe you got Amara and Theo to play for you.”
Alexander smirked. “Piece of cake.”
Hermione perked an eyebrow. “Really?
Alexander grinned. “Of course. They both have talent and I scouted them.”
It was Hermione’s turn to smirk. “Agh! You want to keep that talent for yourself.”
He winked and stood up, offering his hand to her. “How about a dance?”
Hermione nodded and he whisked her off in a waltz. They danced for what seemed like hours, the music provided by their own personal band, until Alexander stopped. He nodded to the band members, who had stopped and began packing up. He then held out his hand to Hermione, and he led her outside where the moon was shining bright. What she didn’t see was Alexander make a hand motion to the others to begin the final phase of his plan.
Hermione blew out a breath. “It’s so beautiful.”
Alexander was looking at Hermione. “It sure is.”
Hermione turned to find him staring at her and she blushed. At that moment she looked up and gasped in surprise. What appeared to be shimmering stars seemed to be falling from up above, giving off the impression that they were standing among the stars.
Hermione reached out and grabbed Alexander’s hand. She didn’t need to say anything. Alexander leaned over, his eyes asking for permission and Hermione nodded. Her hands clung to his tux as his lips met hers. Hermione would always remember this night.
Ron was looking for Hermione. It was her birthday and he wanted to do something special for her, but he couldn’t find her anywhere. He noticed Ginny and Elara over by the fire, “have you guys seen Hermione?”
The girls looked at each other before Ginny replied. “She’s with Alexander.”
Ron clenched his fists.
Ginny seemed to notice and rolled her eyes. “Face it Ron…you lost her.”
Ron grew red in the face. “What do you mean?”
This time it was Elara. “It means that Hermione found someone who actually treats her with respect.”
Ron didn’t know what to say. Instead he thundered off to who knows where. Neville sighed and stood up. “I best go keep him company.”
Ginny shook her head. Ron was so stupid sometimes; obviously the way to treat the girl that you like is with respect and not with hurtful words.
William was walking in the hall on his way to class when he tripped. “Ow!” He fell to the floor. He looked around the hall but didn’t see anyone. “That was weird.”
He was about to get up when he felt a hand on his shoulder. “William…just who I was looking for.”
He gulped. It was Juniper. She sounded mad and when she was mad, even at twelve years of age it was clear who her mother was. She would have a furious temper when she grew up. “Jun. What do you want?”
She came to face him and peered into his eyes. “I want to know the truth.”
“What truth?” He stood up.
Juniper crossed her arms. “Why is there someone who looks just like Aiden?”
William sucked in a deep breath. “What do you mean?”
“I saw him.”
William closed his eyes. “You must have been dreaming.”
Juniper narrowed her eyes and gripped her wand. “Don’t lie to me!” She stood and glared at him. “Something is going on in our family and I want to know!”
William sighed. He was about to break so many promises but…she did have a right to know. “Fine. Don’t tell anyone.” He leaned over and whispered in her ears. Juniper’s eyes widened. As she listened to what William was telling her, she decided to wait until after the tournament. She didn’t want to be a distraction. Meanwhile she would think of a way to confront her parents.
Alexander sat at one of the tables eating a light lunch. Tonight was the final task. He had no idea what to expect, except that it involved a maze. “Hey Alexander!” He looked up to see Aiden waving at him. “The families have gathered in this room…come on.”
Alexander swallowed his food then got up. When he got to the room on the side of the great hall, he smiled. Standing next to Katherine was his grandfather, “grandpere!” He ran and hugged the old man he hadn’t seen in a while. He finally pulled back from his grandfather to hug his mother, “Mother.”
Katherine smiled at the endearment. She still hadn’t told her father what had happened here in England, as she wasn’t sure how he would take it. “We brought a surprise.”
Alexander raised his eyebrows. “A surprise?”
Katherine smiled. “You can come out now.”
Alexander turned and couldn’t keep the smile off his face. It was Dante’s parents. “Giovanni and Elizabeth. What are you doing here?”
Elizabeth smiled and kissed him on the cheek. “It seems Ana Maria is serious about some person named Longbottom. Gio wanted to check him out.”
Alexander was gob smacked. He hadn’t realized that it was so serious. “Neville is a nice guy. He makes her happy.”
Giovanni humphed. “He better.”
Elizabeth rolled her eyes with a smile. She turned her attention back to Alexander, “now…tell us what’s been happening? Our children have been rather remorse in writing.”
Lily Potter couldn’t believe her eyes. The families of the champions had been invited for the final task and were having a meeting in the chamber to the side of the great hall. Even though she and James worked here, they still wanted to be here. As Aiden talked with his father, she took the chance to take a glimpse around the room. The girl from Beaubatons, Raylen was talking with two people and it was clear where she came by her looks. Stephen Luna was talking with his mum and Lily knew it wouldn’t be long before they were introduced. What really caught her attention was Alexander’s group. Katherine had arrived with an older man, who must be her father but she was also accompanied by another couple that just screamed pureblood and the aura of being rich. The woman kissed Alexander on the cheek, indicating a close relationship and they began to converse in Italian.
Alexander ended the conversation with Elizabeth and turned to speak to the Luna’s and Monets. Again to Lily’s surprise Alexander began to speak perfectly in their native languages to both the Luna’s and Monets, who all seemed to brighten as they spoke to Alexander.
“He has everyone wrapped around his finger.”
Lily turned to see Katherine standing next to her. “He sure is loved.”
Katherine smiled and didn’t say anything, lost in her memories. “Don’t worry. All he’s ever wanted was to know his real family. You don’t need to worry about taking him away… I told my father.”
Lily was startled. “You did?”
Katherine nodded. “Yes. It doesn’t matter to him…he loves Alexander to bits.”
Lily bit her lip. “If you don’t mind me asking, who’s the couple that came with you?”
Katherine smiled. ‘The Del Luca’s. Dante and AnaMaria’a parents. They also consider Alexander one of their own.”
Aiden turned from his conversation with his father to see Stephen waving him over. He walked to stand next to Stephen, “Yes?”
Stephen smiled at how nervous Aiden seemed. “I’d like to introduce my mum, Juliet Luna.” He turned to his mum, “this is Aiden.”
Juliet smiled as Aiden nodded his head. Stephen had written about this young man and she was glad to finally meet the person who had stolen her son’s heart. “It’s a pleasure to meet you.”
“Geez Aiden…you’re not a girl.”
Aiden blushed and Stephen laughed at Alexander’s comment. Alexander turned to Juliet. “How do you do Lady Luna?”
Juliet smiled at Alexander. “Alexander. How nice to see you. That last piece you wrote broke my heart. I loved the emotion behind it.”
Alexander smirked. “Thank you Lady Luna. I’ll tell my songwriter your words.”
Juliet raised her eyebrows. “Oh? You had help?”
Alexander grinned. “I found a diamond in the rough…she’s going to be big, I can tell and besides…I did all the composing.”
Juliet laughed. Alexander Medici was a special kid and she would always be glad that he had entered her and Stephen’s lives.
“What’s this I hear? The great Alexander Medici finally asked for help.”
Alexander grinned. “It had to happen sometime. How are you Lady Monet?”
Lady Monet smiled. “Great, now that I’ve seen you.” She whispered in his ear, “don’t worry about Raylen. I always knew you weren’t interested. Her father and I will put an end to her shenanigans.”
Alexander breathed a sigh of relief. ‘Thank you Lady Monet.”
She smiled. “Don’t mention it, favorite student of mine.” She kissed him on the cheek, “It was wonderful to see you.” Lady Monet turned her attention to speak to Juliet Luna and Alexander took this as a chance to escape. “I’ll see you guys later.” He then made his way over to where James and Lily were standing off to the side.
“Hello.” Lily smiled and reached for a hug, which Alexander gladly accepted while James, clapped him on the shoulder.
Lily released him. “Your very talented.” She hugged him again, “I’m proud of you.”
“Thanks…mum.” He whispered in her ear. He pulled back. “I’d like to introduce you…if you don’t mind.”
Lily and James shook their head. They wanted to meet the people who their son considered family. Alexander led them over and tapped his grandfather on the shoulder.
“Grandfather. I’d like to introduce two of my professors, James and Lily Potter.”
Roman Medici smiled at the couple. He had heard from his daughter about the Potter family and of course, as a lord, he knew of them through the aristocracy. “It’s a pleasure to meet you Lord and Lady Potter.” He shook hands with James before pulling Lily in for a hug, “I’m looking forward to the joining of our two families.”
At this Lily knew what he was talking about. She glanced at him, “you don’t mind?”
Roman shook his head. “He is yours just as he is ours. I’m terribly sorry how it came to be though…no mother should ever be separated from their child.”
Lily closed her eyes, “thank you.”
Alexander smiled. His grandfather was the best. He knew that Lily would now be seen as an extra daughter. “I’d also like to introduce you to Dante’s parents, Giovanni and Elizabeth. They are here to talk to Neville Longbottom.”
The couple from earlier smiled at James and Lily. So, these were Dante and AnaMaria’s parents, Lily mused. She could see the resemblance. Giovanni grumbled, “humph! Do you know Neville?”
Lily smiled. “Neville is a sweetheart. We’ve known his family for ages.”
Elizabeth slapped her husband on the arm. “Gio! So help me…if you mess this up for AnaMaria I will…”
Giovanni shut up and crossed his arms, to which Elizabeth rolled her eyes and grabbed him, pulling him away. “Lets go. I want to speak with Dante.”
After the Del Luca’s left the three boys had a great afternoon spending the time with their families and showing them around Hogwarts. All to soon it was time for the champions to leave for the maze.
“Good luck mio bambino.” Katherine kissed Alexander on the cheek.
“Thanks mother.” He looked over to where Sirius Black was talking with his grandfather. “He’s a great guy…you deserve it.”
Katherine Medici smiled and joined Alexander in watching the man she loved get along with her father. “I’d better go save him before Father gives him the riot act.”
He turned to see Dante and Hermione walking towards him. Hermione hugged him hard. “Oohh! Be careful in there.”
He patted her on the shoulder, “of course. I have to keep this beautiful maiden happy.”
Hermione blushed while Dante and Alexander both laughed. Dante grew serious. “I hope you know what your doing.”
It was Alexander’s turn to hug someone. He wrapped his arms around Dante and placed his head on Dante’s chest. Dante wrapped his own arms, crushing Alexander tight to his body. “I’ll come back to you.”
He peered up at Dante and reached up to caress his cheek. “I promise.” He grabbed Hermione to include her in their hug as well, “to both of you.” He pulled away and was off before the two could say anything. Dante grabbed Hermione’s hand. ‘Let’s go get our seats.”
Aiden took a deep breath. Stephen came up and took his hand. “You ready?”
Aiden shook his head. For some reason something felt off to him…almost like he could feel that someone wasn’t getting out of this alive. He turned to Stephen. “Look…I’m glad I met you.”
Stephen raised his eyebrows. “Why are you…”
Aiden kissed him on the cheek. “I just wanted you to know…incase…something bad happens.”
Stephen grabbed him and pulled him close. “Nothing bad is going to happen. Believe in your power and believe in yourself.”
Aiden didn’t say anything. He only wanted to stay in Stephen’s embrace, enjoying the feeling of being protected from the evils that surrounded them.
The lone girl in the competition didn’t move her head, just kept looking straight ahead. “Alex. I’ve been a fool. I hope you can forgive me.”
Alexander smiled. It looks like Raylen’s parents had spoken to her. “I might not care for you in that way but I do care for you as a friend.”
She finally turned to look at him. “I know.”
She offered her hand and Alexander took it, giving it a squeeze. They would be okay. Raylen would find someone that would blow the girl away. “She’s a nice girl.”
Alexander grinned. “I agree.”
‘What about Dante?”
Alexander kept grinning. “That’s my secret.”
The four champions were waved to a starting point. Dumbledore started to speak, “now you are going to enter according to where you are in points. So first off it will be Alexander Medici, followed by Aiden, then Stephen and finally Raylen. This is designed to test your courage and your fears…may the best one win.”
Cliffhanger…until next time. Sorry no Severus or Remus mention in this chapter…their taking a break to discuss what is to be done with Teddy. They’ll be back next chapter.