Here is the next chapter.
Now, I do NOT own Black Butler or Harry Potter, this story idea belongs to Zodiac-Kueen and I only own any OC's I may add into the story.
Chapter 2: Lady to be, Free at Last
NUMBER 4 PRIVET DRIVE
"And why weren't you back last night, brat?" Vernon demanded, his large form, in both height and width, stood over her as he flung the front door of the house open. Henrietta could hear Petunia pottering around the kitchen, the clanking of pans and dishes as she went about what the seven-year-old would normally be forced to do.
Henrietta felt a momentary jab of satisfaction at knowing what was to come.
The ravenette flinched, curling in on herself under his stare.
"M'sorry, Uncle Vernon. I was playin' in the park and didn't realize the time 'til t'was too late," Henrietta said.
Vernon scoffed, and without saying anything else, roughly grabbed her by the back of her too large a shirt and didn't waste a moment to throw her into the cupboard under the stairs that had become known as her bedroom over the years.
The door was slammed shut and locked behind her. Only once Henrietta listened to the lock click into place did she allow a smirk to twist onto her lips as she flopped down onto her bed, eyeing the spiders that had made the cupboard their home too.
Now all she had to was wait until Sebastian's arrive.
"So~ what do you have in mind then, Butler, huhu?" Undertaker grinned, leaning his weight onto the creaking table in excitement. "We both know you can't just take her without them possibly having communication with this Dumbdoor person,"
Sebastian leaned back on his chair, subconsciously running his fingers through Henrietta's fringe and she finished her dinner from his lap.
"Perhaps I should pose as a Social Worker?" Sebastian mused aloud. "And if they do try anything-" A smirk curled onto his lips. "-well, I'll just have to make them see it my way, yes?"
Henrietta hummed quietly to herself as she worked on doing the washing up. Once Petunia had finished serving breakfast for Vernon, Dudley and herself, she'd pulled the ravenette from her room to do the washing up as they ate.
Henrietta's knuckles burned as the too hot water came in contact with them. The skin on her knuckles was thin after all the trauma they'd been through and more often than not they were sensitive to things; hot water just being one of them.
The young witch quickly added cold water to help even out the temperature to at least minimize the aching she'd experience later.
Dudley rudely dumped his plate into the sink, splashing water on her as she cleaned the speculated Petunia had used to cook the bacon.
The ravenette's eye twitched but said nothing as Dudley snickered and walked out of the room. Petunia thankfully placed Vernon and her plates on the side.
"Make sure to clean the table after," Petunia sniffled and, with her chin tilted up, wandered upstairs to get dressed.
Thankfully Vernon had left without saying anything, only glaring in her direction.
As Henrietta worked on drying up, her hands tremored worse; the hot water had them shaking. She sighed heavily, clenching them into fists to stop the shaking but if anything, it just pulled at the skin and so she gave up.
The doorbell rang, and Henrietta's knuckles were forgotten as a smile curled onto her lips.
Petunia was the one to come hurrying down the stairs. She'd only managed to get dressed, her hair unbrushed and feet bare. The woman cleared her throat and made a quick attempt to tame her bedhead before pulling the door open to reveal the Demon that Henrietta had been waiting for.
She hid around the corner, peering around. She momentarily met Sebastian's eyes, they flickered with amusement at seeing her hiding form.
"Good morning," Petunia greeted, attempting to be civil but her posture was tense at the early morning disturbance. "May I know what has you knocking on our door?"
Sebastian flashed a smile, tilting his head with closed eyes. "Please forgive me for intruding on this fine morning but my name is Sebastian Michaelis, I'm a Social Worker,"
Petunia truly stiffened, fighting the horrified expressed that threatened to overtake her features. She swallowed and forced a smile. "Social Worker?" She questioned slowly, letting confusion hint her tone. "What has brought this on, if I may ask?"
"Of course," Sebastian smiled, eyes twinkling behind a pair of rectangular glasses that had Henrietta wondering where he'd gotten from, surely a demon had no need for them, right? "We received a call about a child within this household and that they were worried about the state of her,"
Petunia opened her mouth to answer when Vernon's voice bellowed from upstairs. "Petunia, who is it at the door, darling?"
Petunia cleared her throat and called back. "A Social Worker, sweetheart,"
There was a thud upstairs and Henrietta stifled a giggle behind her hand. She met Sebastian's eyes again and he tilted his head.
"Is this young Henrietta?" He inquired.
Petunia stumbled over her words as she turned to look at the semi-hiding child. "Well- I, yes, this, this is Henrietta, Mr. Michaelis,"
Sebastian stepped into the house and Henrietta took that as her cue to step into the hallway.
"Hello, Henrietta," Sebastian greeted.
"Hi." She chimed back and tilted her head. "What's a Social Worker?"
"I'm someone that works to help provide support to children or families that are in need," Sebastian answered, smiling softly as he continued. "And we received a call from someone that was worried about your safety within this house,"
He turned his gaze onto the silent and pale Petunia. "May I come in?"
She opened her mouth to respond when Vernon came storming down the stairs loud enough to make Henrietta grimace.
"What the bloody hell is the meaning of this?" Vernon demanded.
Sebastian straightened, a look of annoyed flickered onto his face for barely a millisecond before it vanished and instead a smile had taken its place.
"As your wife had just stated, I'm a Social Worker, Mr. Dursley," Sebastian's smile was tense. "I'm here to evaluate Henrietta's living conditions and speak to her. I hope that's alright?"
Vernon visibly swallowed and tugged that the collar of his shirt. He gave a stiff nod; the nervousness was easily spotted in his eyes, however.
Sebastian turned back to Henrietta and moved closer, he knelt before her. "As I just said, I would like to talk to you. I hope that's alright?"
Over Sebastian's shoulder, Henrietta watched as Vernon made hand gestures to her. A silent demand for her to keep quiet. She internally smirked but physically nodded. "Yea,"
"Shall we move to the lounge then?" Sebastian, with a hand on her back, led her into the living room and the duo sat on the settee. There was feverish whispering in the hallway. Henrietta grinned up at the demon but quickly banished it as her Aunt and Uncle moved into the door, all traces of whispering gone.
"I must ask that you leave the room," Sebastian turned to the two, smile tight. "For the privacy and to make sure that you are not pressuring her into being quiet, you understand?"
Vernon's face turned an ugly shade of red and was going to protest, his mouth open and everything but Petunia set her hand on his arm with a forced smile. "Of course, we'll be upstairs if you need us,"
Vernon looked ready to argue but with a tense look from his wife, he went silently- well grumbling under his breath that was.
The door to the living room was closed behind them and Henrietta finally gave into her giggles, slumping into Sebastian's side as she did. "His face! It was hilarious!"
Sebastian's smile became a real one as he gently ran his gloved fingers through her loose hair. "It certainly was," The crow pulled out a notepad and winked at her. "I must, of course, ask you some questions to make it look real, my dear,"
"What is your bedroom like?" Sebastian started as he got ready to write down information.
"The cupboard under the stairs," Henrietta said.
Sebastian paused, his mind blanked for a moment before a snarl tugged at his lips. Henrietta set a hand on his arm and red eyes flickered back to her when she smiled. Sebastian gave a closed eye sigh.
"What about personal items? Clothing?" He asked.
"I don't have much, just old broken things Dudley don't want no more. All my clothes were Dudley's too. Hence the too baggy clothing," Henrietta remarked.
"My dislike for these humans just keeps growing," Sebastian murmured, a sharp exhale followed.
Henrietta watched on with a soft expression as a smile graced her lips. "Well, I won't be here much longer an'way,"
Sebastian chuckled. "Won't be here much longer indeed. Now-" His lips curled into a smirk. "-How about we finish these questions and get out of here as soon as possible, yes?"
Henrietta grinned the widest she could ever remember.
"So what's next?" Henrietta questioned as she and Sebastian walked from the Dursley's home hand in hand.
"We are going to enter the Wizarding World in London to visit the bank to settle the next most important things," Sebastian said as they walked.
Gringotts was large and stunning and Henrietta's eyes danced around the entire building in awe trying to take in as much as she could as quickly as she could. The goblins at the desks fascinated her, she stifled a giggle at their grouchy looks.
Her grip tightened on Sebastian's shoulder. The walk here had tired her out, her body not up for so much excise that she'd physically fallen to her knees. She'd felt embarrassed that she couldn't do something as simple as walking for longer than twenty minutes without having to stop. She'd burst into tears as Sebastian had asked her if she was alright.
She hadn't felt such humiliation before, she'd revealed how weak she really was to Sebastian, someone that she'd only just met but already meant the world to her.
"I'm sorry," She cried. Sebastian reached out, brushing her hair from her eyes.
"Why are you apologizing, my dear?" Sebastian asked.
"I'm pathetic, aren't I?" She sobbed, hands reaching up to rub her tearful eyes.
"Far from it," Sebastian scooped her into his arms. "You're one of the strongest humans I know to have gone through what you have and still have such a happy outlook on life,"
"Really?" Henrietta asked.
"Indeed, my little lady," Sebastian said with a small smile just for her making her calm down.
Sebastian strolled up to the head desk where he cleared his throat softly to gain the attention of the goblin at said desk. When he looked down at the duo, Sebastian smiled but made sure to not reveal his teeth.
"Greetings, may I speak with someone regarding this young one's accounts?" Sebastian asked politely.
The goblin raised a brow. "Certainly you may. Her name please?"
Sebastian glanced down at the ravenette, a quiet nudge and she looked to the goblin. "Henrietta Selene Potter, sir,"
The goblin nodded, penning down her name and hopped from his desk. "This way Miss Potter and her caretaker, Clerk Griphook will see you,"
Sebastian silently followed the goblin and they were led to a room where Griphook sat behind his large messy desk. Sebastian bowed his head to the goblin. "Many thanks,"
The goblin returned the head bow and left, closing the door behind him.
"Greetings Clerk Griphook," Sebastian greeted smoothly.
"Hello," Henrietta chirped also.
Griphook set his quill down and smiled. "Greetings to you as well," He gestured to the two chairs. "Please have a seat,"
The duo did so. Henrietta gave Sebastian a smile as he set her down on her own chair with a quiet 'thank you'. Sebastian chuckled in response.
"So how may I help you?" Griphook questioned, linking his fingers together as he rested his elbows on the desk.
Sebastian hummed, tilting his head as he contemplated where to start. Finally, he closed his eyes. "I have removed Henrietta from the house that she had been placed in because of abuse and ill care. I also have the belief that the one that placed her into this home wishes to manipulate her once she comes of age and go onto steal from her too,"
"That is a heavy accusation, Mr..?" Griphook asked.
"Sebastian Michaelis," The crow answered and pulled the sheet that Undertaker had given him, holding it out for Griphook to take. "True but a… friend of mine was able to do some tests of his own and from what we have gathered, it wasn't the most prettiest of sights,"
Griphook peered down at the parchment in his hand with a frown, which only deepened as he read further and further.
"I can certainly see why. You are correct with your theories, Mr. Michaelis," Griphook set that one down and searched for another in his pile, finding it moments later. "On young Henrietta's documents, it says here that her Magical Guardian is Albus Dumbledore, which ultimately would allow him the ability to access your bank under special circumstances and, until you come of age, can take money from it and he has done so since he came into the position," A frown creased Griphook's brows. "Although I can't seem to find where it was sighed or suggested for him to become your Guardian, which in itself is suspicious,"
"So it was as we'd guessed," Sebastian hummed before sighing. "What course of action must we take to right this injustice?"
Griphook sat back as he inspected Henrietta's documents. "Well Henrietta, rightfully so, can accept her Potter Ladyship as there are no remaining predecessors to take it instead, and looking at this, she also inherits the Martin-Phantomhive Ladyship because of your ancestors and are the only one to meet the requirements set to be able to inherit it, Gryffindor Ladyship through your father, Slytherin Ladyship through conquest, and you also have the rights to the Ancient and Noble House of Black via one Sirius Black who named you his successor. All of this means that she would technically class as no longer needing a Magical Guardian,"
"Mehh?" Henrietta gapped. Sebastian chuckled at her shock. "T-that's a lot!"
Griphook himself chuckled. "Would you like to take them all on now or just one?"
Sebastian peered down at Henrietta for a moment. "I believe all of them now would be best. Saves having to come back at a later date to do so,"
"As you wish," Griphook nodded and noted that down. "Now about the rest and I believe are the more important matters. The compulsions and potions can be easily been cleared with a cleansing potion. The Soul Bond suppression and the Horcrux removal will both need a ritual each. Once Dumbledore is no longer her Guardian any requests pending with be discarded after being examined by either her new one or someone else with no bias with this case,"
"Who is Dumbledore?" Henrietta questioned.
Griphook turned his eyes onto her. "Dumbledore was supposed to be a great light Wizard, defeater of a man named Gellert Grindelwald. He's achieved a lot through the years and it saddens me to see that he's become nothing more than a worm that wishes to take advantage of you. No doubt he's done so already with others,"
Henrietta slouched into her chair, lips pursed and curled downwards.
"What will hap'en when I take te' Ladyship, will all money taken out by others stop now?" She questioned and Griphook nodded.
"Yes, and it seems that it is more than just Dumbledore that has access to your vaults," Griphook sighed as he read more on come paper. "One Mrs. Molly Weasley, and a young Muggleborn of the name Hermione Granger,"
Henrietta licked her lips. "'Stead of just stoppin' their… flow of cash, could you put suitable funds into another which it would be taken from, then at ah later date could I make them… reimburse me. That the right word? I've heard Vernon use it before,"
Sebastian smirked, lips curling up darkly as his eyes flashed. Oh, his little one was quite devious it seems.
Griphook seemed to share his thoughts by the smirk that made itself known. "A good idea and that also brings up another issue. I believe the goblin in charge of your vaults currently might be working with Dumbledore for him to be able to do all this,"
"So I need to appoint someone else? How?" Henrietta inquired, brows scrunched up. "Could I make you my manager?"
Griphook blinked, not expecting such a proposition. "You would like… me as your manager?"
Henrietta nodded. "You've helped us so far! No doubt you'd help with everything else too, right?"
Griphook chuckled softly at her naivety. "As you wish but first you much accept your Ladyships,"
Henrietta nodded with a fierce look of determination which made Sebastian lean back in his chair, a smirk painted on his lips. Sebastian watched on in silences as his little mate went onto accept the Ladyships and gain their rings in return.
Ironically the Phantomhive ring settled on Henrietta's left thumb, where Ciel's own ring had once upon a time sat, it appeared that perhaps the blue gem was cut from the same sapphire. The Potter was simple but beautiful, with a thick band and a ruby in the center surrounded by small diamonds and it settled on her left index. The Gryffindor on her right ring finger and orange-red fire opal and two small red sapphires and diamonds on a rose gold band. The Slytherin was on her right index with a thick silver band and square jade in the center and the Black was a silver ring with branches holding in an oval rainbow moonstone.
"Now that is out of the way," Griphook scribbled something down on some parchment and slide it over to Henrietta. "Place your left hand over your chest with your right up as you say this to appoint a new manager,"
Henrietta beamed with a nod, doing as he said. "I, Henrietta Selene Potter, heir of houses Potter, Black, Gryffindor, Slytherin, and Martin-Phantonhive, bein' of sound mind and body, do ask Magic to accept my degree. I dismiss the current Potter account manager from e'is station, may he be punished justly if he is proven guilty of the crimes in question. I appoint Clerk Griphook to the station of Potter account manager, includin' all accounts I have also inherited. So mote it be,"
Henrietta's magic, with a faint glow and whoosh, accepted Griphook as her new manager. The girl cooed lowly at the display and rush of intentional magic through her.
Griphook smiled. "Now that is out of the way. I must also mention that because of the state of your body, it is more than likely we'll only do both rituals and hold off on the cleanser potions for a few days to give her a chance to rest. I hope that is understandable?"
"It is," Sebastian bowed his head slowly.
"Let us get a move on then, yes?" Griphook said as he got up.
Griphook led the duo from his office and down several hallways and finally, they reached the medical wing, where a female goblin was waiting for them.
"Greetings Miss Potter, Mr. Michaelis," She said, and without waiting for a moment, began leading them to a room off from the main wing. "I shall be the one conducting the two rituals today. We'll be doing the magical core block first, yes?"
"Uhh," Henrietta spoke with hesitance, nervousness bubbled in her stomach.
Sebastian placed a hand on her shoulder. She glanced up. "It'll be alright, little one. It will be over within a few moments, okay?"
Henrietta nodded and following the female goblin, Greenkirk's, words and sat in the chair.
The entire process was Greenkirk muttering a spell under her breath as she circled the ravenette with some nice smelling herbs. Said ravenette could feel the magic as it cocooned her and freed her core from its restraint.
The unlit candles in the room burst to life and Henrietta yelped in surprise as her magic bubbled warmly to the surface after finally being set free after six years of being locked away. It felt amazing to Henrietta, she shuddered and sighed as her magic brushed against her skin as if it had a life of its own. As if a mother finally reunited with its child after so long time.
Sebastian watched on in silent awe as his little one was engulfed by a transparent seafoam green aura of magic. Even Greenkirk seemed surprised at the display, then she smiled, eyes twinkled with a knowing look. The female goblin glanced to the crow.
"She'll be a powerful, that one," She said.
Sebastian smiled. "I wouldn't be all the surprised, after everything she'd been through,"
She deserved it if anything.
Once the aura had faded once more, Greenkirk began speaking again. "For the next one, you might feel a bit of discomfort but that will be completely normal, you understand?" She led Henrietta into the magic circled that had been drawn out with unlit candles surrounding it.
Henrietta nervously lay down on her back. "Yes,"
Once again, this ritual was Greenkirk muttering, only this time she stood still and held her hands out before her.
Henrietta lay still for several long moments before she felt anything; a burning sensation from her scar, a strained whimper escaped. Then almost like her head was being ripped in two, her back arched off the ground and the thing, the tiny piece of ripped soul that had been used to make a Horcrux, was pulled from her.
It took no shape, there wasn't enough of the soul to retain any sort of form, so all it did was writhe about in the air- for a moment, Sebastian contemplated eating the tattered piece of soul but despite the dark and taint of it, there wasn't anything to really eat. It was all superficial at best. The Horcrux was crushed and destroyed with an enraged roar from it.
Henrietta lay panting for a moment and tried to push herself up but struggled and fell back down, too exhausted to move any limbs.
Sebastian moved forwards, peering down at her in amusement as she sluggishly blinked up at him. She raised her arms, making a grabby gesture and the demon chuckled, reaching down and plucked Henrietta from the floor. She slumped against him, sighing.
"You did good, little one," Sebastian praised. Henrietta gave a dopey smile.
"Thank you for your assistance," Sebastian uttered with a smile at the goblin.
"Not a problem," Greenkirk waved off and held out a box, the vials inside clunk as she moved it. "These are the cleanser potions. Starting tomorrow, she needs to take one every six hours until all these are complete. Normally we'd give a big enough dose to remove it all in one go but the state of her body, it would be unadvised to do it that way,"
Sebastian took the box and nodded. "I understand, again thank you. Have a good day,"
And they left Gringotts, Henrietta dozing the entire journey to Undertaker's apartment.
Done! The chapter is still in Zodiac-Kueen's writing style just with a few added bits from me, but after chapter 3 and all I'll be changing over to my writing style.
A little warning, I will not be able write how Henriette speaks so I'll be having her speak normally otherwise I'll be driving myself crazy.
Until the next chapter!
SaberbladePrime signing out!