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Chapter 8: Separation Anxiety
Friday, July 24th, 1992
Harry and Susan woke up together like they have every day of the summer so far. They went to their bathroom and took turns using the toilet while holding each other's hand. This morning Harry took his shower first then sat in his towel while Susan showered. Susan yanked a little hard, accidentally causing their hands to separate and the sparks of pain to start again. Susan grabbed hold of Harry's hand and cried,
"This is ridiculous, Harry. Get in here."
Harry knew Amelia would be upset, but got into the shower with Susan while trying to keep his eyes off certain areas.
"Harry, you've seen me already so what are you doing?" asked Susan.
"I'm being respectful." said Harry.
"I appreciate that, Harry. In fact, I love that about you, but there's no point." said Susan as she started washing herself again.
"Susan, you know Amelia isn't going to be happy about this." said Harry.
"I know. Auntie knows that we've seen each other repeatedly, but she still likes to pretend it doesn't happen. It's been over a month and we still can't separate, Harry. As long as we aren't doing anything wrong she's going to have to accept that this is our new normal. We have to accept it to. Now please wash my back, Harry." said Susan.
When they got down to breakfast, Mipsy informed them that Amelia had to go into the Ministry early and that Andi would be by around 10am to check on their condition.
"How many times does she have to come? She always wants us to separate for her scans and I'm getting tired of the pain." said Susan.
"She's trying to help." said Harry.
"It's not helping, Harry. It's not. We're no closer to a solution than we were when this happened. What can separating us and watching as writhing around in pain teach her that she doesn't already know?" asked Susan.
"How are you today, Susan, Harry?" asked Andi as she came into the dining room.
"We're ok, Andi." said Harry to which Susan scoffed.
"Susan, what's wrong?" asked Andi.
"We're not ok, Andi. I'm sick of this and I'm sick of your tests. Before we died the last time we could separate the majority of the day as long as we slept together at night. Now we can't separate at all. I love Harry with all my heart, but how would you feel if you couldn't ever be away from Mr. Tonks ever. On top of all this we're told constantly to be good, keep things proper. We know what is appropriate. In a week we'll both be 12. We're at the age where we're supposed to have a crush on someone, most likely the wrong someone, steal kisses at inappropriate times, but Harry and I are already married. Married at 11 years old. We've kissed some and that's it. You know we've seen each other naked, but not in the ways that Auntie keeps warning us to be good for." said Susan.
"I agree with everything you said, Susan. We'll skip the tests for today and just talk. Why haven't you talked to Amelia about this?" asked Andi.
"Amelia isn't exactly the listening type. She's getting better, but it's slow going." Said Harry.
"What do you want, Susan?" asked Andi.
"I want the tests to stop. Take the data you have and figure out how to stop this. I want to stop being punished and lectured for something that is out of our control and not our fault. We didn't do anything to cause this bond and we don't need to constantly be treated like we're doing something wrong just by being together." said Susan.
"I will talk to Amelia about what you said. I don't see any reason to run more tests, but I haven't had any success in finding anything to explain this reaction you have. You asked how I'd feel if I could never be separated from Ted. I honestly don't know, but I imagine it would get a bit frustrating. If you were able to be separated, would your connection to each other be as strong?" asked Andi.
"Before the incident in the third floor corridor we were able to hold hands and get that comforting feeling enough to get through the times we were apart. The connection we have isn't necessarily physical. It's our magic. When we touch we can feel our magic merging and it's stronger and feels complete." said Harry.
"So it really is like you both share two parts of the same soul and when you died this last time it took so much time to bring you back that when you separate now it's like your entire being is afraid to be apart." said Andi.
"So how do we reassure our soul that it'll be ok for the times we are apart?" asked Harry.
"I'm sorry, but I don't have an answer right now." said Andi.
Friday, July 31st, 1992
Andi kept her promise and talked to Amelia and things at the manor calmed down. Amelia even listened calmly and didn't say anything negative about Harry and Susan showering together.
Today was Harry's birthday, but since Susan's was on Saturday and Amelia would be off they decided to have a joint party tomorrow. That didn't stop Susan from waking Harry up with a happy birthday kiss this morning.
"You know, Susie, I think we're getting a lot better at this." said Harry.
"I know. So what do you want to do today? Other than this I mean." said Harry.
"It's your birthday. I already know what you want to do though, but I don't think Amelia will allow it." said Susan.
"It can't hurt to ask." said Harry.
Harry and Susan got finished with their morning routine and went down to the dining room. Amelia was already there digging into some eggs and bacon.
"Good morning, Auntie." said Susan.
"Good morning, Susan, Harry." said Amelia.
"Good morning, Amelia. Looks like Mipsy did a good job like always." said Harry.
"She spoils us. So what are the two of you planning on doing today?" asked Amelia.
"Well about that. I was wanting… we were wondering if you would allow us to go to London today?" asked Harry.
Amelia put her fork down and looked at Harry for a moment.
"Muggle London?" asked Amelia.
"Yes. We wanted to go to Diagon Alley too, but Susan has never been in the Muggle World aside from King's Cross Station and my experiences with London are very limited so it would be an exciting and fun time for us both." said Harry.
"I don't know, Harry." said Amelia.
"We'd be careful, Auntie. We've been stuck in the manor all summer. I know you're busy with work, but even when you're home we stay in because you're worried about our situation." said Susan.
"It's a valid worry, Susan." said Amelia.
"I know, but I think we need to live as normally as we can. Harry and I won't be able to hide away forever. Also I know you're going to say we're young, but we were thinking we could have a small lunch date. I mean we're already married, but we can still do the little things with each other." said Susan.
Amelia smiled. She could remember just a few years ago, Susan's dreams of being romanced. If she were honest with herself it did sadden her that Susan lost the chance to fall head over heels in love and get that romance and courtship.
"Ok. You can go. I still think you're too young for a trip like this, but with your situation you are able to use your magic to protect yourselves if needed. Since you're going to be in Diagon Alley also, go ahead and get your school supplies." said Amelia.
"Thank you, Auntie. From both of us." said Susan.
"I'm starting to get used to the fact that when one of you talks it's from both of you. I've got to get to work. If you need anything or get into any trouble call for Mipsy." said Amelia.
"We will." said Harry.
After stopping by Gringott's for some Muggle money, Harry and Susan exited The Leaky Cauldron and had no idea where to go.
"What do you want to do?" asked Harry.
"This is my first time in the Muggle World. What can we do?" asked Susan.
"Well we could do some shopping but I don't really know where anything is here. Maybe we should take a taxi. The driver should be able to take us somewhere good." said Harry.
Harry and Susan got the attention of a driver and found out there was a shopping area on Oxford Street not too far from them. Eight pounds and a short ride and they were there.
Susan had never seen so many shopping choices in her life and the amount of people bustling around rivaled Diagon Alley when Hogwarts lists came out by a lot.
"Where do we start?" asked Susan.
"There's a big store over there." said Harry pointing over at a store called Selfridges.
If Susan was amazed by the shopping district outside, she was completely mesmerized by the inside of the store they walked into.
"Everything I could ever want or need is in here." said Susan.
Susan dragged Harry into just about every store it seemed. They found spots where nobody was watching and called Mipsy to take things back to the manor. They'd lost track of time and they still had to get their school things so they stopped in the food court for a late lunch before catching a cab back to The Leaky Cauldron.
"I'm sorry that wasn't too romantic of a date." said Harry.
"It was perfect, Harry. All of it." said Susan as she kissed him.
Once in Diagon Alley they stopped by Madame Malkin's and got measured for their robes then picked up their potions supplies and some rolls of parchment, quills and ink. On the way to the bookstore they noticed there were quite crowded. They made their way inside and found their way close to where a man who had the brightest teeth either of them had ever seen was preparing to make a speech.
"Susan, he looks like he spends as much time in front of a mirror as you." said Harry.
"Hey, you spend as much time as I do." argued Susan.
"Only because we can't separate." said Harry.
"Still." said Susan pouting.
Harry laughed as the man started talking.
"Thank you all for being here today. For those of you who don't know, and if you don't where have you been, I am Gilderoy Lockhart. Today I'm signing copies of my new autobiography, Magical Me, which is currently celebrating it's 7th week atop the Daily Prophet's best seller list." said Lockhart.
Lockhart stopped talking as he caught sight of Harry. He walked over and grabbed Harry, pulling him up front, which caused him to lose Susan's hand. The sparks and pain started instantly, but Harry couldn't get away from Lockhart. Harry saw Susan go to the ground and tried to send a burst of magic to get away from Lockhart. The burst that was sent out was enormous and knocked several witches and wizards over. The commotion of everyone getting up and others rushing to see if Lockhart was ok made it impossible to get to Susan. Harry reached out with everything he had to connect to her.
"Susan, I'm here. I can't reach you physically, but I need you to connect to me. Use our link and send your magic. I don't know how much longer I can stay conscious." said Harry.
"Harry, I can't. The pain is too much." said Susan.
"You can. We feel our magical cores merging when we hold hands. We can do it through our mental connection as well. I know you can do it, Susan. I love you." said Harry.
"I love you too, Harry. I'm trying." said Susan.
Harry suddenly felt the pain start to diminish. He slowly got up and worked his way through the mass of people and found Susan and grabbed her in a hug.
"We did it. We figured out how to stop the pain from separating." said Harry.
"But at what cost? A lot of people saw what happened. I don't know if it can be explained away by accidental magic. We also don't know what the consequences are of merging our cores this fully." said Susan.
"We'll figure it out. For now let's go home." said Harry.
Harry took Susan's hand and they walked back to The Leaky Cauldron and flooed home.
When Amelia got home from work they told her everything that had happened. The wonderful time they'd had in Muggle London to the incident at Flourish and Blotts. They showed her that they were able to separate without any pain and Amelia was glad that something good came out of the bad situation.
Harry and Susan were tired from everything that happened and headed up to bed early.
"Do you think we'll be able to sleep without touching now?" asked Susan.
"I'm not sure. We should find out, but I don't think it's a good idea to sleep in separate beds until we know." said Harry.
Susan agreed and they got to bed and fell asleep.
Saturday, August 1st, 1992
Harry woke up with Susan snuggled up on his chest. They found out that they were pretty much back to their past normal of needing the eight hours of contact with intermittent contact every now and then throughout the day. It was Susan's birthday and the day of their party so Harry thought he'd be nice and allow Susan to sleep a while longer. Unfortunately others didn't share the sentiment.
"A little incident at the bookstore. That's what you both said, right?" asked Amelia as she burst in the room waking Susan up.
"What are you going on about, Auntie?" asked Susan.
Amelia handed her the Daily Prophet. Susan gasped at the headline.
GILDEROY LOCKHART ATTACKED AT BOOK SIGNING BY HARRY POTTER AND SUSAN BONES!
"We didn't attack him!" yelled Susan.
"That's not the worst of it. Read the next headlines." said Amelia.
MINISTER CALLS FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF THE WILD MAGIC USED BY HARRY POTTER AND SUSAN BONES
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH AN UNSPEAKABLE - HARRY POTTER AND SUSAN BONES HAVE A SOUL BOND
"Croaker." said Harry.
Author's Note: A couple things to explain. No Dobby in this story. He exists but didn't warn Harry. Lucius still passed the diary to Ginny it just happened off screen. Oh and for those that will say an unspeakable wouldn't give an interview, he never gives his name in the interview. Again thank you everyone who continues to read.