Chapter 23: John
A week later, (also known as Christmas Eve morning.)
"Now tomorrow morning, we'll add the Dragon Blood." Hermione said.
There was a huge cauldron in the middle of Moaning Myrtle's bathroom that looked just like the potion Sirius was making in Chapter 1.
"Well, I'm going back to bed. Do we have to do this at 3:00 in the morning?" Ron said yawning.
"Yes. It's the only time when it won't get suspicious."
"Quit it you two." Harry told his two best friends. "Tomorrow's the last time the three of us have to get up so early."
The three students left the girl's bathroom and headed back to bed.
And next week I start actual animagus training at 3:00 in the morning. Harry thought
"So, when are you going to tell John?" Sirius asked Remus.
"After Christmas. I don't want to ruin his first Christmas back with us."
"Just don't wait too soon Moony." James told his friend
"Hey Prongs? Do you think Johnny-boy will accept the offer?"
"How many times do I have to tell you to not call me Johnny-boy?" a male voice came from the door of the DADA office.
"JOHN!" the three marauders yelled as they saw a man with black hair and blue eyes walking into the room.
"Hey guys. Staying out of trouble?" he said as he gave them brotherly hugs
"Who us? Jonathan Newton. You should know better." Sirius said.
"Snivellus still doesn't realize I'm me." James said.
"Loooonnnnnggg story." The three marauders said.
"Well, I'm here for a while, so get to talking."
"Why don't we do this AFTER Christmas. It's a little depressing." Remus said.
"Yeah. And we don't need to worry about Snape. He's on Order duty." James added.
"The group of wizards who suggested you get as far away from Voldemort as possible." Sirius told him.
"Right. So Sara could be safe."
Everyone went quiet.
"John? John Newton?" a female voice came from the door.
"Lily Potter now." She corrected.
John turned to James,
"You FINALLY managed to win her heart for good? How long did it take you?"
"Really cute. For your information, I've been married to her for 16 years." James said not mentioning he was dead for 15 of those years.
"16! Anything else I should know about?"
"Yes, but its part of that looonnnggg story we're going to tell you after Christmas."
"Alright. I can't wait. So anything I can learn apart from that looonnnnggg story?"
"Well. We do have a slot in the Marauders open." Sirius said.
"But what about Peter?"
"Don't get us started." Everyone else said.
"I guess I'll learn after Christmas."
"Sure. Why not? I've covered for you idiots all those times. I deserve my fair share of the glory."
"GREAT! We'll start the pranking the moment Snivellus gets back!" Sirius said happily.
"Tomorrow's it. They will be back among the living." Hermione whispered to her two friends at breakfast.
"I can't wait to be able to sleep the whole night through." Ron said.
"Lucky you." Harry said to himself.
"What do you mean?" Ron asked.
"I don't think I'd be able to sleep. I don't even know how Sirius could." Harry said quickly, knowing he could be referring to the bringing the dead back or animagi training.
"Good point. Hey! Do we have to do it at 3?" Ron asked.
"What are you getting at?" Hermione asked.
"I was thinking we can do it at midnight. That way, we can stay up AND get a full nights rest."
Later that day,
John was taking a walk around the lake when he saw something near a tree. He went up to take a closer look. Sure enough, he saw six disembodied feet near the tree. He reached down and felt a silky cloth. He pulled the cloth to reveal a girl and two boys. The girl had brown, bushy hair. One of the boys had red hair and freckles and the other boy looked strangely like one of his old classmates. The girl was in the middle with the redhead on her left and the black-haired boy on her right.
All of a sudden, the girl started to stir.
When she opened her brown eyes, the first thing she noticed was John.
"Hello. May I help you?" she asked tiredly as she sat up.
"Not really. Just, may I ask why you and your friends are sleeping?" John asked her.
"We had a long night. My name is Hermione Granger."
"It's nice to meet you Hermione. I'm John Newton."
"Oh. You're Mr. Newton. It's very nice to meet you. I've heard so much about you from the Marauders." She said standing up.
"I wish I could say the same. They're keeping the past quiet."
"I don't blame them. Don't worry. All will be revealed." She told him.
Just then, the boys started to stir, but went back to sleep. Both boys had turned to their side to where they were facing each other. Harry moved his right arm to where Hermione was.
"Where is a camera when you need it?" Hermione asked
Harry had yet to move his arm and Ron had unknowingly did the same thing.
To Hermione's disappointment, the boys woke up. However, not without reaction.
"AAAGGHHHH!" they yelled when they realized what had happened in their sleep.
Hermione and John bursted out laughing.
"That's not funny, Hermione." Ron told her.
"Yes it is." She argued.
"Don't worry. Remus and I once caught James and Sirius doing the exact same thing when they were your age. It didn't help with James calling Sirius "Lily" and Sirius calling James "Spica"."
Now, all four people were laughing.
"Um. Who are you?" Ron asked realizing he didn't know this new person.
"Sorry. I'm John Newton."
"It's nice to meet you, sir. I'm Harry Potter."
"And I'm Ron Weasley."
"One of Arthur's kids?" John asked recognizing Ron's name.
"Yeah. I'm his youngest son and next to last child."
"It can't be that bad. Wait. Did you say "Potter"?" John asked turning to Harry.
"Yeah." He said getting ready to lift up his bangs before realizing he didn't know about THAT.
"Not James' kid."
"My Dad is none other than James Potter." Harry clarified.
"Well, Hogwarts is still standing so you can't be that bad."
"Depends on who you talk to." Ron said.
"Good point." Harry agreed.
"Snape?" Hermione asked making sure she was thinking the same thing they were.
"I meant you don't play as many pranks and you aren't a womanizer." John said. "But then again, Sirius was the womanizer. James only wanted Lily."
"Nope. He's more like his mother." Hermione said.
"Oh. So you only pull pranks when you're fed up with teasing?"