All during dinner Lily couldn’t help but feel that there was something familiar about the blond haired young man. She was in such deep thought that she didn’t hear someone come up behind her. “Something troubling you Lily?”
She jumped at the deep baritone voice. “Severus.” She shook her head. “It’s nothing.” Inwardly she bit her lip, she needed to talk to James as soon as dinner was over. “How’s Amara?”
Severus sighed. “Really…Hufflepuff was the last place I expected her to go.”
Lily laughed, “I didn’t. She has all the best qualities that are favored for Hufflepuff.”
Severus shook his head, sighing in defeat. Dinner finished and Lily turned out Dumbldeore’s announcements. She knew already about the tri-wizard tournament so that wasn’t new. She smiled as she heard varying cries of outrage at the news that quidditch would not be played this year. She was sure that Aiden was one of them, he played chaser for Gryffindor. She looked up and sure enough, he was shaking his head. He really did take after James.
The great hall was emptying out, so Lily got up to head to her chambers. Still deep within her own head, she didn’t realize someone was there until it was too late. “I’m sorry…”she cut off as she glanced at the person in front of her. Her eyes were drawn to the bright green eyes that sparked…she got a sense of knowing. She blinked.
A clear tenor voice with a slight accent. Then he was gone. Lily couldn’t move, as the truth hit her. She clasped her hand on her mouth. There was no way…no way. She ran off to find James.
Alexander swallowed nervously as he realized that dinner was over and he would have to face his peers on own. After the announcements were over the girls stood up. Elara Malfoy turned to him, “well if you want to come with us, we’ll show you the way to the tower.”
Alexander gave one of his dashing smiles that had Elara melting at the knees. Even with what she had found out tonight, it was still enough to make her heart thump. “That would be great. Thank you.”
He stood up as well, and started to follow her out when once again he found himself running into a solid body. “I’m sorry…” His eyes met green eyes. She was beautiful, with her long auburn hair that went well with her green eyes. His heart thumped. “Excuse me.”
He broke the gaze and quickly ran out the doors behind Elara. He caught up with her at the stairs. “Whose that professor with the auburn hair?”
Elara paused. “That’s Professor Lily Potter. She teaches muggle studies.” Here she smirked, “she really loves your new song.”
Aleander smiled and the following conversation kept them talking all the way to the entrance of the tower. They had stopped in front of a big picture that featured a fat lady.
“This is the entrance. To open the door all you need is the password. It’s Primo Lion.”
Alexander burst out laughing. “Primo Lion?”
Elara rolled her eyes. “Yeah I know…stupid. It was probably Ron’s idea.”
The door opened and they stepped into a room that gave off a warm cozy air. She led him over to a group by the fire. “Hey guys.” She pulled him forward, “I’m sure you all know who this is…so why don’t we introduce ourselves?”
“You already know who the girls are…wait except for Ginny.” She pointed to the red head. Ginny smiled, “I’m Ginny Weasley and this git over here is my brother Ron.” She poked a similar red head in the stomach. A dirty blonde haired young man leaned forward, “I’m Neville Longbottom. Pleased to meet you.”
All that was left was Aiden, who scowled but said his name anyway. “I’m Aiden Potter.”
Alexander smiled. Elara was looking at Alexander like she knew every little secret that he was hiding so better escape while he could. “Well, it was nice to meet you. I look forward to getting to know all you better but in the meantime…” he ran for the stairs to what he assumed would lead to the dorms, leaving them all staring in his wake.
Hermione laughed. “Looks like he knows what your scheme is Elara.”
Elara humphed. “Really…I’m going to have to work on that.”
Alexander made it up the stairs and went through a door that said 6th years. This must be the place. He opened the door and peered in. There were 6 beds all placed in a circular manner around a heating vent. Finding his trunk, which was now at the end of a bed, he pulled out his night clothes. He got ready for bed, then crawled under the covers, calming himself for what the next day would bring.
Lily found James resting in their small apartment with his head in the fire talking to Sirius. She pulled him out.
“Hey!” He exclaimed. He brushed himself off. “What’s with the rude cutoff?” One look at Lily’s face though, and he knew not to continue. “What happened?”
Lily looked close to tears. She didn’t want to dare hope, after so long. “…James. That boy…”
James sat down on the couch, and patted the seat next to him. Lily sat down and laid her head on his shoulders. “What boy? Are you talking about that exchange student?”
Lily gave a slow nod. “His eyes…are just like…Harry’s.”
James drew in a sharp breath. They swore never to bring up that name again. The pain was still too great. “Lily…it’s not possible. Harry is dead.”
“But James…His body was never found. What if…”
James stood up in anger. “No Lily. Leave the past where it is.”
Lily stood up just the same way that James had. “Do you even care? This was your first born son?”
“Don’t you ever say that I don’t care. Harry was special –“
The door to their rooms burst open revealing Severus and Remus. Remus gave a worried laugh. “Quiet down. You don’t want people to hear.” James took deep breaths, calming himself down. Severus came over and put his hand on Lily’s shoulder.
“Is this about what happened at dinner?”
Lily closed her eyes, shaking her head. In a quiet voice, but heard by the three males she spoke. “I know it sounds stupid…but there was something in his eyes…that only Harry had.”
Remus and Severus shared a dubious look. “Lily…what if it’s not him? What then? Are you willing to open old wounds and cause pain to your family.”
Severus nudged Lily. “Remus is right.” Lily looked at her friend with hurt in her eyes. She would have thought that he would at least stand with her. He had been close to Harry, always more so then the others.
Severus looked pained. “We just don’t want to see you hurt.”
James came forward and took Lily’s hands in his own. “He’s right, Lils. I can’t stand to see that haunted look in your eyes.”
She started crying softly. “I know James…but I can’t help but have this feeling that Harry is looking for us. I want to take this chance.”
James sighed. He always had been a sucker for her pretty green eyes. There was no way he could say no. “Very well.” Lily gave him the brightest smile, that it nearly broke Jame’s heart. If this didn’t turn out well…James didn’t want to find out.
Came simultaneous shouts from both Remus and Severus. James held up his hand. “If this is what Lily wants…then far be it for me to stop her.”
“Oh…thank you James.” She threw her arms around his shoulders.
The next morning Alexander awoke to find himself in a strange room and for a brief minute wandered where he was. Then it hit him. He was at Hogwarts. He was here to find his family. He cast a quick tempus, and saw that it was only 6am in the morning.
Perfect. Just enough time to get his usual morning workout in. He wondered if Dante or Ana Maria were up yet. He’d have to find out how their first night went in their own respective dorms. He dressed in athletic shorts, and a tank top, then headed outside. To his surprise he was joined by Dante, who smirked.
“I know all your habits. Besides…I also need a workout.”
Alexander grinned and led his friend out the doors. “Where’s Ana maria?”
Dante snorted, “like she would be up this early.”
Alexander just laughed. “Just thought I would ask.” He surveyed the area, “hmm. What to do?”
Dante rolled his eyes. “As if you didn’t know what you wanted to do when you came out here.”
Alexander grinned, “your right. Let’s find the quidditch pitch and run laps.” He set off for the pitch, while Dante groaned. Laps, push-ups, some martial arts. By the time they were done, both boys were dripping with sweat, and had stripped off their tank tops.
Alexander took a swig of water. “Ah. That was a great workout.” He punched Dante in the stomach, “although…one might think you’ve been slacking.”
Dante growled, closing his eyes and laid back on the ground. “Watch it.”
Alexander laughed. “I’m going to head up and take a shower. Don’t stay out here to long.”
Dante barely acknowledged him, content to lay there on the ground soaking up some sun.
When Alexander returned to the common room, he found Hermione Granger sitting by the fire with a big book in her lap. “Hello.”
Hermione jumped. She turned, blushing and trying to look anywhere but at Alexander, who Hermione had to admit had a very toned body, as Alexander laughed. “Alexander…what are you doing up so early?”
He smirked, as if he knew exactly what thoughts were running thorough her head. “That’s for me to know…and you to find out.” With that he winked, then turned and headed up the stairs to the boys dorm.
Hermione watched him leave, fanning herself as soon as he was gone. She jumped again as someone sat next to her.
It was Elara. She peered at Hermione. “Why are you so red? Are you sick?”
Hermione shook her head. She didn’t need to tell Elara what she had seen. It would only serve to make her extremely jealous and she would probably make Hermione explain every little detail. “Nothing…I’m fine.”
Elara narrowed her eyes. Hermione quickly smiled, “really…I’m fine.”
Alexander was enjoying his time in the shower. His thoughts ran to Hermione Granger. There was something about her. She was one of those natural beauty’s, who didn’t need to enhance her features with makeup. She had rich chocolate brown hair, that went well with her heart shaped face. He was in such deep thought that he started to absentmindly sing in the shower.
Aiden woke up to singing. He groaned and rolled over. He sat up and noticed that the rest of the boys were awake as well. “Whose singing?”
Neville who was already dressed for the day pointed to Alexander’s bed. “Who do you think?”
Ron groaned, and fell back to his bed. “Really…who sings in the shower?”
Dean smiled. “Still…you realize your getting a concert for free?”
Seamus nodded, “that’s right. I forgot he was a famous singer.”
Aiden cracked his neck, stretching out his tired limbs. Well, might as well get ready for the day, seeing as he was already awake. At that moment Alexander came out of the shower, with his towel wrapped low around his hips.
He looked up from toweling his hair to meet the stares of every guy in the dorm. Ignoring the looks he went to grab his clothes. He bent back up, exasperated. “Like what you see?”
This was directed to Ron who for some reason was staring at Alexander with a glare in his eyes.
Ron blushed, and quickly looked away, getting his stuff ready. “Just so you know we’re all straight. So don’t get any ideas.”
Aiden waited to see how Alexander would respond. Alexander only had the gall to laugh, before smirking. “Oh…I wouldn’t worry.” He let his gaze wander to the rest of the boys, his eyes staying locked with Aiden’s a moment longer then the rest. “Although Aiden should…”
He walked back to the bathroom leaving a stunned silence behind him. Seamus and Dean couldn’t hold back their laughter, while even Neville was laughing. Ron looked horrified, and came over to pat him on the shoulder. “Man…you have problems.”
Aiden glared. “Get off Ron.” He stormed out the door.
He stormed down the stairs where the girls were waiting. Ginny huffed, “what’s your problem?”
He ignored her. Though they found out moments later as Ron and the rest came down right after Aiden. Elara asked, “what’s got Aiden’s pants all in a twist?”
Seamus laughed. “Alexander…that’s what happened.”
Elara cocked her head in confusion, before it dawned on her. She smirked, “what did he do…make a pass at-“
Not wanting anyone to here, Aiden slapped his hands on her mouth. “Don’t. Say. Anything.”
Dean laughed and pulled Seamus away, “come on Sea…lets go get some breakfast.”
Aiden stood up, not wanting to be here when Alexander came down. “Yeah…breakfast sounds good.” He headed for the door, “are you coming?”
Alexander came down the stairs, mentally shaking his head. That had been too easy. They needed to develop thicker skin. He was only joking.
He stepped out the door and took a glance right and then took one to the left. Damn. He didn’t really remember the way.
Alexander turned, and saw two boys who seemed to be about 14. The one on the left had messy dark black hair with reddish tints that fell in his face, and interesting green eyes mixed with brown. The one on the right had semi long dark brown hair that was a little neater with startling blue eyes.
The green/brown eyed boy was the one who had spoken. Alexander hesitated. Sensing his hesitation, he introduced them, “my name’s William Potter and this guy is Regulas Black.”
Alexander nodded at both of them. William continued, “are you heading to the great hall? Your welcome to walk with us.”
Regulas hissed, “William!”
William was unperturbed. “What…I’m being nice Regulas. Don’t want him to run into any nasty snakes…do we?”
Alexander raised his eyebrows. “Nasty snakes?”
Regulas face palmed, while William blushed. “Well…not all of them are nasty. You just need to watch out for a few. Namely Draco Malfoy and his friends.”
Secretly Alexander agreed. He knew of the Malfoy’s reputation even though he had never directly met the family.
They started walking and Alexander had no choice but to follow them, besides he was interested in the conversation. “Malfoy? Is he related to Elara?”
Regulas nodded. “Yeah, that’s her older brother. They don’t get along.”
William was nodding in agreement. “She’s the only nice Malfoy around.” He turned to Regulas, “I’m surprised Uncle Sirius hasn’t already adopted her yet. She already spends almost every waking moment at your house.”
He snorted. “Yeah…but she’s also a Malfoy. No way are they going to give her away. It would damage their reputation.”
By then they had made their way to the great hall. William and Regulas headed over to the Gryffindor table where they joined their friends. Alexander hung back, he glanced over at the Slytherin table and inwardly chuckled to himself. Ana Maria had a bored look on her face, as most of the boys tried to endear themselves to her. Glancing over at the Ravenclaw table, he found Dante eating next to a blonde haired girl, and they seemed to be in conversation. His eyes sought out Amara and he smiled as she saw that she had made some friends, and was chatting in a amicable manner.
Going over to the Gryffindor table, he looked for a place. Aiden growled at him, clearly still tiffed about what Alexander had said in the room. There didn’t seem to be an open place anyway, so he chose a seat at the far end of the table away from everyone else. Lucky though he had brought his notebook, so he pulled it out and started writing like crazy while he ate.
He loaded his plate with his standard breakfast fare. A cup of oatmeal, paired with bits of fruit, with milk to drink. He was halfway through his breakfast when he sensed someone come up behind him.
“So…you’re the person everyone is talking about.”
Alexander didn’t need to turn around to know that it was Draco Malfoy talking to him. He put on his fake smile, that he reserved for the fans, and turned to greet him. “You must be Draco Malfoy.” He stuck his hand out, “pleasure to meet you.”
Draco raised an eyebrow, but took the offered hand. “Alexander Medici.” He gave a pointed glare to Alexander, “I like what I’ve heard about you. I think we could be great friends. If not…well I would watch your back.”
Alexander said nothing. He heard the threat being said in that comment. He stood up and leaned close to Draco. “Don’t threaten me. You have no idea what I’m capable of.”
Draco leaned back and sneered. “You don’t scare me.”
Alexander gave an evil grin, “great then…come at me with all you’ve got. I’ll show you just how powerful I am.” He whispered in Draco’s ear, “one more word of advice…the girl, Ana Maria. Don’t mess with her. You don’t want to deal with me, let alone her brother.”
Draco shook off his arm, glared at Alexander then speed off to the Slytherin table sitting as far away from Ana Maria as he could.
Alexander let him, then realizing how many eyes had just witnessed his confrontation with Malfoy, ran out of the hall. Dante watched his friend run away and meeting his sister’s eyes, shook his head. He got up, and followed after Alexander.
Keeping Lily’s words in mind about Alexander Medici, Severus couldn’t help but observe the boy during potions. He was paired with that know it all Granger, so that she could help the boy become more familiar with Hogwart’s school work. However, it was probably the other way around. The boy was a genius.
It was clear that he was clearly in his element making potions. Severus couldn’t help but be impressed with the boy’s knowledge. They were making the Elixir to Induce Euphoria, and at this period most students weren’t even halfway through the brewing process. Not so with this pair, with a few quick tips, Alexander had cut down the brewing time, and they were almost finished and from what Severus could see, a perfect potion.
Alexander smiled as he entered the potions lab. He always found himself feeling calm when he brewed potions. He was supposed to be paired with Hermione, so he went over to the girl and sat on the stool next to her.
“What’s on the agenda today?”
Hermione straightened, as she set her cauldron down. “We’re just waiting for Professor Snape to give us the brew for today.”
The man in question flew into the classroom with his robes billowing behind him. Alexander was impressed. That took skill.
Severus glared at the students. “Today we’re going to brew the Elixir to Induce Euphoria…get to it.” He turned away to sit at his desk, taking out a stack of papers that Alexander assumed were essays.
He turned to Hermione, “perfect. One of my favorite potions to brew.”
Hermione was stunned. “One of your favorites? You sound as if you can brew this perfectly? Do you know how hard that is for someone your age…”
Alexander winked. “Follow me and I will show you my secret.” He waved her off, “can you get the ingredients?”
Hermione scampered off, and returned with what they needed placing it all on the table. She watched with fascination, Alexander was a pro. He was dicing and cutting with speeds she’d only seen with potions masters. Halfway through class, she realized that they were practically done with the potion.
She gasped and took note of the shimmering sunshine yellow potion as Alexander took out a bottle, poured some into it and wrote their names on the bottle. He charmed it unbreakable and then handed it to Hermione. “If you could take this up to Professor Snape. I’ll clean up.”
Hermione was impressed. She took it with a smirk, “impressive Alexander. Do you have anymore secrets I should be aware of?”
He just winked, “Professor Snape.”
Halfway through class, Snape looked up from his grading to see Hermione coming forward with a bottle in her hands. He frowned. There was no way they could be done, but nevertheless she placed the bottle in front of him, and then walked back to the table. She made some remark to Alexander, but Severus took no note of it instead turning his attention to the potion.
He uncorked it, and took a cautious whiff. He smelled things that made him think of happy moments, and…was that a hint of mint? He set it down and made his way over to the table.
“Impressive Mr. Medici. I’ve never seen someone finish a potion so quickly.”
Alexander glanced at his professor. “It was nothing Professor. I’ve always had a way with potions.”
Severus was about to say more, but decided to hold his tongue. “Very well. You and Mrs. Granger are free to go.”
Alexander gave a smile, gathered his things up, and headed to the library. Hermione left at a more slow pace, trying to ignore the stares she was receiving from the rest of her fellow lions. Namely Ron and Aiden,who were staring at her with anger in their eyes.
It went like that the rest of the week. All of the professors were finding out that the three students from the Academia were all extremely talented and smart. What’s more was that they were also very humble, and polite. Finally it was time for Defense against the Dark Arts. Due to the upcoming war they had decided to mix the older students into one class, so the 6h and 7th years would be in one class learning to fight, while 5th and below would stick to a single classroom setting.
James was excited for the class. After hearing everyone praise the exchange students, he couldn’t wait to see what they could do. Of course he would only have the two boys in the fighting class. He would have to wait to check out the girl, in her 5th year class.
Alexander shuffled into the classroom not really knowing what to expect. It had been a tiring week, and he was ready for the weekend. All that faded away as he saw that this would be a joint class with every house. Dante was standing to the side, and Alexander quickly made his way over. Dante smiled at his friend, “hey love.”
Alexander gave a smile of his own, “hey yourself.” He laid his head on his shoulders.
“You seem tired…” Dante commented. “You need to take care of yourself…or I’ll have to step in.”
Alexander laughed, “whatever you say taskmaster.”
Dante scowled. “Really Alex…” Alexander turned away. He knew what Dante wanted to say, but he really wasn’t in the mood. “Please don’t forget that I’m here for you…whatever it is you need.”
Alexander relented, and faced his friend. “…I know.”
Aiden couldn’t help but watch Alexander converse with his friend. After that first day, Aiden had steered clear of the boy. Due to the snub, the rest of the boys had followed his lead, giving him a wide berth. The girls had no problem being friends with Alexander, which just added to the boys anger. Plus he was smart and out showing them in all their shared classes. Aiden cringed though, Alexander had probably thought he hid the looks, but Aiden had caught them. With his only friends not in the same dorm, Aiden could tell he was getting lonely.
Hermione caught his gaze. “You know he was only joking. He’s really not that bad.”
Aiden sighed. He’d already gotten yelled at by William and Regulas for the treatment. “…I know. I’ll apologize.”
The conversation was cut short as James Potter entered the room, followed by Remus Lupin who was his assistant. He turned towards the class, “welcome to Defense Against the Dark Arts. As you can see this class will be a little different from what your used to.” He paused for effect. “You’re all old enough to know that soon a war will be upon us, and we want you to know how to defend yourselves.” He glanced around the room, “this class is going to teach you how to best use the spells you’ve been learning in a controlled setting.”
Murmurs of excitement sweep through the room. Aiden was surprised. He had known his father and Uncle had been planning something big, but this was not what he expected.
“For the first class though, so that we can see where you all land, we are going to have mini duels.” People started to side up to who they wanted to duel when his father’s voice cut through, “your partner has already been picked.”
The desks and chairs were quickly moved out of the way, and James Potter started calling names. “Weasley and Nott.”
Ron looked slightly sick as his name was called, and Aiden watched as he made his way to the center of the room. His opponent was a 6th year Slytherin who was usually one of the quiet ones.
Nott raised his wand and shot of a spell before anyone could react. “Diffindo.”
Ron cursed and jumped out of the way to dodge it. “Impedimenta.”
“Protego!” Nott shouted and a blue shield erected in front of him and stopped Ron’s spell. Spells were being thrown back and forth with no side showing signs of slowing.
Both of their wands threw themselves out of their hands toward the outstretched hand of Professor Lupin. Both boys were breathing hard, Nott gave Ron a nasty glare, after which he went to stand next to his friends. Ron came next to Aiden and Hermione. Aiden clapped him on the shoulder, “impressive Ron.”
The dueling continued. A few names that Aiden only knew by name were called, then it was Hermione’s turn. She would be dueling Pansy Parkinson. It was a surprising match, with Hermione being the victor by blasting Pansy out of the ring.
Aiden himself had to go against Malfoy, no surprise there. It turned out to be one heated match, neither boy wanting to back down, each boy throwing out more and more spells until time was called. Breathing hard, Aiden wondered who still had to go. There couldn’t be to many people left.
“Medici. Del Luca.”
Alexander grinned as did Dante. “I won’t go easy on you my friend.”
Dante smirked, “I should hope not.”
There was a heated tension in the air. James had purposely waited to pair these two together and to make them go last as he wanted to see what they could do. From their actions, it was clear they had dueled before, so it would be interesting for the class to watch.
Alexander turned full front to face Dante. They bowed to each other. Then all hell broke loose.
Alexander threw out the first spell, “Glacius.”
Dante threw up a shield. “Orbis.”
Alexander jumped to avoid that curse. “Stupefy.”
Of course Dante jumped out of the way. Alexander grinned. This would be fun.
Spells were thrown one right after the other and Aiden was having a hard time keeping track of them all. He had always thought he had great training, but these two made it seem like child’s play.
“Ventus!” Alexander pushed all his strength into this jinx. Dante threw up the shield charm, but Alexander kept pushing. Finally the wind became to strong and the shield broke and Dante flew back.
James Potter clapped. “Very impressive you two.” The bell rang signaling the end of class. “I”ll see you all next week.” The students made their way out the door all talking about the class and what they had seen. Aiden hung back, wanting to speak to Alexander.
Alexander ran over to Dante, and offered his hand. He pulled his friend up, and brushed him off. “Sorry about that.”
Dante laughed but winced. “Ouch. You’ve gotten stronger. That last one packed a punch.”
The two made their way to the door, only for Alexander to stop. “Aiden…what are you still doing here?”
Aiden looked down at his feet. “I wanted to say…that I was sorry.”
Alexander smiled. “Your forgiven. If we’re going to be friends, then you should know that I joke…a lot.”
Aiden smiled and held out his hand. Alexander took it, while Dante looked back and forth between the two, glad to have the misunderstanding cleared.
Later that night Alexander was tossing and turning. Images were running back and forth in his mind and he couldn’t make sense of them. One stood out, a man in black, green light, the sound of an explosion. An old man who looked familiar to Alexander, pointing his wand in his face.
Aiden woke to Neville shaking him awake. “What Nev?”
He pointed to the bed on Aiden’s right. Alexander was all over the place. “No..leave me alone…don’t…NO!”
Alexander shot up in bed. Panting, he closed his eyes. He hadn’t had nightmares since he had been a child. When they had occurred only one thing had managed to calm him down. He needed to get away.
He turned to the voice. Aiden. He gripped Aiden’s arms. “Please…I need some space.”
Aiden nodded. He knew just the place. “Come on.” He went to his trunk and pulled out the invisibility cloak and the marauders map. They made their way to the common room, and just before leaving Aiden covered himself with the cloak, motioning for Alexander to get underneath.
Alexander wandered where they were going, and would have asked but was still shaken up from his nightmare. Aiden led to the seventh floor, stopping before a seemingly plain…wall. Alexander was confused and even more so when Aiden started pacing back and forth. At the third turn, amusement marred his features as a door appeared that hadn’t been there before.
Aiden looked over his shoulder. “This is the Room of Requirement. It gives you whatever you need, all you have to do is ask.”
Alexander opened the door cautiously and peeked in. He drew in a sharp breath. The room had provided just what he needed. Sitting in the middle of the room was a baby grand, just begging to be used. Alexander took tentative steps forward, running his hands on the keys.
He took a seat and placed his hands on the keys. He paused for only a minute before they took off, playing a simple tune to warm up. They then flowed into one of his favorite pieces to sing:
I heard there was a secret cord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The forth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major life
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Baby I have here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.
Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who had seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well, really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Aiden was holding his breath.
He knew that tune. It had been Harry’s favorite. Aiden could remember Harry and their mum sitting together listening to this piece of music, and Harry always said he would learn it one day.
Paper crackeled in his hands. Aiden glanced down at the map.
That’s right. The map.
With shaky hands, he unfolded the map. He pointed his wand at the map and said those dreaded words, “I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”
He waited with bated breath. He couldn’t look down, afraid of what he would find. His eyes eventually made their way to the map, and his eyes searched for the Room of Requirement.
He choked on his breath. His eyes stung with tears. He needed to flee. He clutched the map in his hands and ran as far from there as he could.
For there was no denying what he had seen.
The name was as clear as day.
So Aiden knows…don’t worry. He’s going to keep it to himself for awhile, plus we get a glimpse of Harry’s past.
I hope you all enjoyed the chapter. It’s been a crazy spring break, and it’s time to get back to work so the updates will be more regular.
Till next time.