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Chapter 16: Birthdays, Rules and an Elf
Friday, June 26th, 1992
The first days of the summer holiday were quiet surprisingly so Amelia was caught off guard when Harry, Susan and Hannah burst into her bedroom and started jumping on her bed waking her up.
"Happy Birthday, Auntie!" yelled the three of them before piling on her in a hug.
"I guess it would be too much to ask for more sleep as my birthday present." said Amelia.
"You know better than that, Auntie. Besides the Ministry hardly ever allows you your birthday off." said Susan.
"True, but they did this time." said Amelia.
"Can we go to Diagon Alley?" asked Harry.
Harry had wanted to go to Diagon Alley to get Amelia a present, but she had been busy with work and too tired when she got home for them to go.
"Yes, but I want you to promise me that you won't go overboard on this old lady." said Amelia.
"You're not old." said Hannah.
"Thank you, Hannah. For that I'll remember to get you something nice for your birthday next week." said Amelia.
"What about us?" asked Susan.
"What about you?" asked Amelia.
"Our birthday's are coming up too." said Susan.
"I know. Yours and Harry's presents niceness, however, will be based on the amount of stress you cause me over the next month." said Amelia.
"Any stress caused will be Hannah's doing too." argued Harry.
"Hannah is still the good one of the three of you." said Amelia.
Hannah stuck her tongue out at Harry and Susan.
"You better put that back in before Harry or I bite it." said Susan.
"Be good for today at least, Harry." said Amelia.
"Susan was the one who said it." said Harry.
"I still mean what I said. Now let me get dressed and we can have breakfast." said Amelia.
When they returned from Diagon Alley, Harry, Susan and Hannah ran upstairs to wrap the gifts for Amelia. After dinner Mipsy brought out a Chocolate Praline cake. Amelia told Mipsy that she had to sit with them and have a piece because it was her birthday.
After eating her piece Mipsy brought the presents out. There were several cards from her coworkers and Andi gave her a book with advice on how to deal with your daughter's boyfriend. Amelia showed the book to them and Harry turned pale while Susan and Hannah laughed. Amelia reminded Hannah that this could be applied to her daughter's girlfriend also silencing Hannah's laughs.
"Susan is the one who initiates mostly everything. She's the one you should deal with." said Hannah.
"Don't worry, Hannah. I said it before. I know who the ringleader's are." said Amelia looking at Susan then Harry. Harry started to say something, but Amelia stopped him. "Don't even try to say you're innocent, Harry."
Harry stayed silent and Amelia turned her attention to the kid's gifts.
"I think it's safer to open Hannah's first." said Amelia grabbing the one wrapped in green paper.
Pulling the paper off and opened the box inside to find a music box. It played a beautiful melody with fairies dancing around.
"Thank you, Hannah. It's lovely." said Amelia.
"There were several others to choose from and it was hard to pick which one." said Hannah.
"Well maybe I'll just have to start a collection and you can get me the others later on." said Amelia suggestively.
"Look at you already wanting more presents." said Susan laughing.
"I guess I should get this over with and open yours. We'll save Harry's for last." said Amelia.
Susan's gift was a gorgeous bracelet and Amelia put it on right away.
"Thank you, Susan. This is beautiful." said Amelia.
"I know you don't wear much jewelry, but I thought you'd like it." said Susan.
Amelia picked up the last package and unwrapped it. Inside a box was a locket on a silver chain. The locket was in the shape of a heart and had the word Mom on it. She opened the locket and saw a picture of Her, Harry and Susan that was taken a few months after Harry first came to them. Amelia was speechless as a few tears started to run down her cheeks.
"Do you like it?" asked Harry.
"I love it, Harry. Thank you so much." said Amelia getting up and bringing Harry into a hug. Susan had to join in of course.
Thursday, July 30th, 1992
Harry was sleeping. He should've known better. Should've been prepared, but like always he let his guard down.
"Happy Birthday, Harry!" yelled Susan as she came crashing down on top of him.
"Susie, will you ever just let me sleep?" groaned Harry as he pushed Susan off of him.
"Nope. It's my job to make sure you are awake for significant events in your life." said Susan.
"Noted. So why didn't Hannah join you?" asked Harry.
"Am I not enough for you, Mr. Potter?" asked Susan with a pout.
Harry grabbed Susan and kissed her before laying back down.
"You definitely are, but remember it was your idea to have Hannah join us." said Harry.
"And you love every minute of it. Hannah's parents got home early and floo called Auntie and asked her to send Hannah home. She'll be back for the party tonight." said Susan curling up on Harry's chest.
"Uhm, Susan. Not that I don't like this, but I think this is definitely something that Auntie would not like." said Harry.
"You got that right!" said Amelia making the two of them separate like lightning struck between them. "I know by now that you're going to come into Harry's room on mornings like this, but what do you think you are doing Susan!?"
"I wasn't doing anything. I was just…" started Susan.
"There's no answer, Susan, none! Nothing you can say will make this ok!" yelled Amelia.
"I'm sorry, Auntie." said Susan running passed her crying.
Harry glared at Amelia.
"You have something to say, Harry?" asked Amelia. Harry opened his mouth, but stopped himself. "I want to hear what you have to say that'll defend this, Harry."
Amelia's voice was laced in sarcasm, but Harry responded.
"I think you need to apologize to Susan." Amelia started to tell Harry what she thought of that, but Harry continued without letting her. "We weren't doing anything and we haven't done anything to deserve the way you yelled at her. I'll admit that we are further along in our relationship than I ever would've thought I would be with anyone at my age. Susan, Hannah and I are in love. It's hard to believe, but it's the truth. Susan and I have snogged and made out and yes, we thought it was funny to have you catch us, especially when Hannah joined us, but we've never done anything inappropriate."
"Her laying on you like that was inappropriate and some might say that kissing and the way the three of you are in your relationship is inappropriate at the age you are." said Amelia.
"If you agreed with those people you would've said something months ago. I've learned in the last two years that you are not one to hold back and you always speak your mind. When you came in here you heard me say that I didn't think we should be laying like that. You could've scolded Susan and I without going overboard." said Harry.
"When you are older and have your own children we'll see how you react." said Amelia.
"You're right and I might lose it just as you did if I walked in and found my daughter with a boy, but I'd be just as wrong as you for overreacting. I love you, Auntie, but Susan and Hannah are everything to me and if they are hurt by anyone in any way I will defend them. Every time. Even if it's against you." said Harry.
Amelia thought about it and while she didn't agree that she overreacted, in fact she thought she could've yelled more, but she could see Harry's side of it.
"We're going to have to agree to disagree, Harry. I understand what you said, but I still think I was right in what I said. Part of me knows that you, Susan and Hannah won't do anything, but there will be new rules from now on. You are not allowed in Susan and Hannah's room and they aren't allowed in yours. If you push this I will charm the rooms to make sure the rule is followed. I'm sure that Susan won't want to talk to me right now so I'll let you tell her the new rules. Dumbledore will be here after breakfast to talk to you and Susan." said Amelia before turning and leaving.
Harry knocked on Susan's door several times before finally trying to open it only to find it locked. He dispelled the lock and opened the door and Susan grabbed her wand and shot a spell at Harry which he quickly shielded against.
"In case you didn't know, my door being locked meant that I want to be alone!" yelled Susan.
"I know, but we need to talk." said Harry.
"Fine." said Susan. When Harry didn't come into the room Susan added, "Well what are you waiting for?"
"That's one of the things we need to talk about." said Harry. Susan just looked at Harry questioningly so Harry just went ahead and went inside and sat on the end of her bed. He was about to say something when Susan started.
"How could she yell at me like that? I know how we were laying, but we weren't doing anything wrong! And it was only me she yelled at! You were there too, but no, I'm the one who was wrong!" yelled Susan.
"I don't think we did anything wrong, but you knew that Auntie wouldn't like that." said Harry.
"Are you taking her side?" asked Susan.
"No, Susie. After you left I defended you like I always will. I do understand her reaction though and we'll have to be more aware of her feelings regarding our relationship. Right now I'm already breaking her new rules to talk to you." said Harry.
"What new rules?" asked Susan.
Harry told her the new rules. Susan didn't think they were fair, but Harry told her that they would have to accept them for now and Susan reluctantly agreed.
"Well we better get some breakfast before Dumbledore gets here." said Harry.
"Yeah, but first, Happy Birthday, Harry." said Susan kissing him.
"Happy Birthday, Susie." said Harry.
Harry and Susan finished eating just as Mipsy popped into the dining room to announce that Dumbledore was waiting for them in the sitting room. They walked into the sitting room holding hands.
"Harry, Susan, it's good to see you. Happy Birthday. I apologize that I won't be able to make it for your party, but I wanted to come and discuss the upcoming school year with you." said Dumbledore taking a seat in one of the chairs while Harry and Susan sat on the couch.
"We're doing well with studying ahead even though it's summer and we're more than ready for the OWLs will be taking at the end of this year." said Susan.
"I'm sure you are, but in addition to the help you'll be giving the first and second years this year I need to ask you to try and help Ronald Weasley. Mr. Weasley is the first student in over a century to fail his first year of Hogwarts. Molly and Arthur, Ron's parents, requested that I not hold him back and allow him to continue to second year. I agreed on the condition that he's not allowed to participate in any school clubs or Quidditch until he can show that he can keep on top of his studies. I thought of asking Miss Granger, but I thought that Mr. Weasley would not accept her and if he fails the year again I will have no choice to expel him from Hogwarts which would see his wand snapped and he'd be unable to find any employment in the Wizarding World." said Dumbledore.
"Both of us tried to help Ron last year, but he wouldn't listen. He was more interested in making fun of us and goofing off. I honestly don't think he'll do any better this year." said Harry.
"Mr. Weasley has promised to listen to the two of you and do any work you assign him." said Dumbledore.
"I think he just said that to be done with being in trouble with Mrs. Weasley, but I'm willing to give it a try." said Susan.
"I'll do my best as well, but if he doesn't do the work we'll be in your office to talk to you." said Harry.
"I wouldn't expect anything less and Mr. Weasley knows there will be progress reports throughout the year as well. I appreciate your help in this. Now I must be going. Enjoy your birthday party and try not to let what happened this morning ruin your day." said Dumbledore.
"How?" asked Harry and Susan.
"While I don't actively read the minds of my students it's hard not to pick up thoughts like the ones that are rolling off the two of you. Especially you, Susan." said Dumbledore before he flooed back to his office.
Harry and Susan found Amelia as soon as Dumbledore left.
"I'm sorry, Auntie. I really am. I have no real excuse for what I did and I promise it won't happen again." said Susan while hugging Amelia.
"Don't make promises you won't be able to keep, Susan. The new rules stand, but I am sorry for yelling at you the way I did. I don't think you're relationship is wrong, but please try to keep it appropriate for as long as possible." said Amelia.
"We will." said Harry joining the hug.
Hannah joined them for dinner, cake and presents, but couldn't stay the night since her parents were only going to be back until the day they returned to Hogwarts and she wanted to spend as much time as possible with them.
Amelia let Harry and Susan stay up late watching Bill and Ted's Excellent adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.
Harry kissed Susan goodnight at her door before going to his room where he found a House Elf sitting on his bed. Harry turned to get Amelia, but the elf snapped his fingers and sealed the door shut and Harry was unable to get it open. He tried calling for Mipsy, but she didn't come.
"Please, Harry Potter, sir. Dobby has come to warn you." said Dobby.
"Warn me of what?" asked Harry.
"There are plots being made, evil plots. Harry Potter must not return to Hogwarts." said Dobby.
"Not return to Hogwarts? What kind of plots and who is making them?" asked Harry.
"Dobby cannot say, but Harry Potter must be safe." said Dobby.
"If something is going to happen at Hogwarts then I will be there to help stop it. I won't hide away while Susan and Hannah are put in harm's way." said Harry.
"Dobby heard of Harry Potter's bravery, but this is too much. Harry Potter must not be harmed. You must not go to Hogwarts." said Dobby.
Harry could see that Dobby wasn't going to listen so he went along.
"I will consider your warning carefully and we'll think about not returning to Hogwarts." said Harry.
Dobby wasn't fooled.
"You will not return to Hogwarts." said Dobby threateningly before popping away.
Harry tried the door and it opened. He was going to wake Amelia, but decided to wait until morning to tell her.
Friday, August 1st, 1992
Susan was having a wonderful dream. Harry was holding her and the warmth and love she felt at being in his arms was amazing.
"Susan, I was thinking I'd take the morning off and…what in the hell are you doing in Susan's bed, Harry?!" yelled Amelia.
Susan woke up from her dream and realized it wasn't a dream as she felt Harry's arms still around her as Harry woke up as well.
"Fuck." said Susan.
Author's Note: They are in so much trouble. I decided to make Dobby a little scary. Thank you to everyone who has stayed with me and continue to read my stories. Reviews aren't required, but they are very much appreciated.