Two months later….
With the defeat of Voldemort, the wizarding world had celebrated for weeks. But no party had been as loud or wonderful as the one Dumbledore had organized the night after Harry, Jessica and Draco had returned. Parents of most of the children had shown up and the Great Hall had to be expanded to three times its normal size to accommodate everyone. That party had lasted well into the next day and would have continued had it not been for the teacher's sending everyone off to bed. The students were reluctant to go at first but when Dumbledore reminded them of their exams next week, had all reluctantly done as they were told.
Snape had been released from the Chamber of Secrets and although most of the school still hated him, they had come to respect him after they had learned the truth. Most people were glad to see him alive and well. Sirius was not included amongst those people, he had looked horrified when Snape had suddenly appeared at the party that night after Harry and Jessica had snuck out to retrieve him.
The Slytherins who had been in working with Voldemort and his Death Eaters had, of course, been expelled; their wands had been snapped and taken back to London immediately. Harry thought this was a fitting punishment. Without their wands and the finishing of their education, they would have to live as muggles. 'Ah, poetic justice,' he had thought with a grin.
All the death eaters had been interrogated and moved to Azkaban, many, including Lucius Malfoy, had been given the Dementors kiss. The ones who had not received the kiss were mostly newer recruits and wizards who had done less heinous things then the others.
Draco had asked Harry to go with him and Snape the day of his father's arraignment. Harry had watched with silent support as the trail proceeded and the Kiss was administered, after which the Slytherin had thanked him for coming and proceeded to tell Harry he would be living with Professor Snape. It turned out the Potions master was Draco's Godfather.
The Daily Prophet had used an entire issue to print the story. Harry, Draco, Ron, Hermione and Jessica had sat down with Rita Skeeter and proceeded to tell her everything. Well almost everything, Harry and the others had left out the fact that he and Jessica were Mystic Knights. But everything else including how they had saved Professor Snape's life and how Voldemort had met his demise were included.
When Rita had asked how Harry had known how to duel with a sword he had merely stated a friend had taught him in case he should ever lose his wand during battle at least he wouldn't be defenseless.
But Harry had underestimated the wisdom of the wizarding people and soon enough the whole wizarding world was convinced he was indeed the Mystic Knight that had been seen at Hogwarts those few months ago. Eventually Harry was forced to make a public statement admitting that fact, Jessica had stood next to him and 'outed' herself as well, unwilling to allow Harry to face the people alone.
'After all,' she had said, 'they're going to find out sooner or later.'
After the announcement of their true identities Harry and Jessica had had to endure a burst of questions from the crowd. Harry had quickly interrupted the tirade stating it went against their code to tell them anything, he also pointed out they shouldn't bother asking anything further because they had nothing left to say, after that he and Jessica promptly left the stage.
After awhile the novelty of the Mystic Knight died down and Harry and Jessica were able to walk down Diagon Alley again without being bombarded by cameras and people eager to talk to them. Harry knew they would never be truly left alone, but he was relieved when things went almost back to normal with only the occasional gasp, whisper and point to his scar. He was also relieved to notice that Jessica seemed to hate the attention as much as he did.
"You OK?" s soft voice questioned.
Harry blinked and shook himself from his thoughts of the past. Smiling he turned to Jessica who was gazing at him worriedly.
"I'm fine," he answered squeezing her hand, "Just thinking about the past few months."
She chuckled and leaned back on the Weasley's couch turning to watch Ron trounce Hermione in a game of Wizard's chess, "they have been rather eventful," she admitted before turning mischievous eyes to her boyfriend, "especially the night you met my parents." She teased a beautiful smile adorning her face.
Harry blushed and groaned, "I was trying not to think of that thank you very much," he glared half heartedly at her. "Why do you insist on bringing it up?" although he sounded it Harry wasn't really annoyed. He would mention the incident himself just to see her smile like that.
"Because it's funny," she replied resting her head on his shoulder.
"You never did tell us what happened," a new voice interrupted their conversation. It was Ron; he had just finished his game with Hermione and had overheard the pair's conversation. He had asked Harry a few times but the boy had refused to answer, Ron had not been able to get anything from Jessica either.
Harry rolled his eyes and grumbled, "And I never will."
"Oh come on, Harry," Hermione pleaded joining the conversation.
Harry sighed and looked around at the eager faces staring at him in the Weasley's family room. Fred and George glanced up at the trio from across the room; they had been playing exploding snap when they heard the subject matter of their conversation. Harry could tell they were interested in the answer as well. Ginny and Draco who had been studying in front of the fireplace also voiced their interests.
Harry sighed again, "Alright," there was a flurry of movement as his friends all left their places and sat on the floor in front of him, it reminded Harry of children gathering around their teacher for story time.
Harry nervously fidgeted with the sleeve of his robes as he and Jessica walked up a pathway leading to a nice looking two story home in. Harry was more nervous then he had ever been in his life, including all the times he had met Voldemort, today he was going to be having dinner with his girlfriend's parents, and Harry couldn't help but feeling he would rather face Voldemort again.
Despite his nervousness Harry couldn't help but smile the way he always did when someone, or he himself, mentioned Jessica as being his girlfriend. When he had first admitted his feelings for her it had been the night of the great party, he day after he had defeated Voldemort. He had been terrified of what she would say but had been both ecstatic and relieved when she had not only not slapped him silly, but seemed to return his feelings as well.
So that's where Harry found himself now, he and Jessica had been dating a little over a month and a half, and her parents had insisted on meeting him, so Harry had agreed to have dinner with them.
"Relax Harry," Jessica ordered as they reached the front door, "you can do this. I've already told my parents all about you and they insisted on meeting you. They'll love you, trust me."
Harry smiled a little hesitantly and took Jessica's hand accepting a quick kiss from the girl, although he didn't look any more reassured…
"Blimey Harry, cut the mushy stuff and get to the good stuff." Ron interrupted exasperatedly. "What?" he questioned when he saw the dirty looks thrown at him by the rest of the occupants of the room.
"Honestly Ronald," Hermione snapped cuffing him on the back of his head, "Please continue Harry."
Harry chuckled, "Alright, I'll skip to the dinner…"
The initial introductions went as well as could be expected. Harry had been proud of himself when he met her parents with a calm and pleasant demeanor as they met in the living room that night.
Harry thought dinner, however, could have gone much better. It started off pleasant enough the four had sat down and conversation had flowed pleasantly through the appetizers but when the main course had arrived disaster struck.
Harry had just taken his second bite of his steak and kidney pie when a large crack from his right side startled him. His nerves already being on edge caused the young man to yelp and accidentally fling his piece of pie halfway across the table and into a candlestick. The table cloth immediately caught on fire as the candlestick he had hit fell over, he watched horrified as in no time the entire table was lit.
Jessica and her parents had immediately jumped back from the table and were trying to drench the flames with their wands or in Jessica's case her hand. Harry knew she was using wandless magic because Hogwarts didn't allow students to perform magic outside of school until they were seventeen.
The flames were getting bigger now and were spreading along the floor towards the walls. Harry was panicking and did the first thing he thought of throwing his hand in the air he yelled "Pluvial procella".
Lightning flashed once on the dining room ceiling and a rain cloud formed, seconds later torrents of rain pelted down towards them and the flames soaking everything. Wind whipped about nearly knocking the four stunned people off their feet. Harry noticing the flames had dissipated quickly ended the spell.
Groaning Harry plopped onto the ground and buried his extremely red face in his hands unable to believe that in a matter of seconds he had managed to destroy his girlfriend's dining room.
Jessica and her parent's couldn't believe what they were seeing; their dining room now looked as though a monsoon had hit it. The entire room was drenched, not to mention themselves, the chairs and table had been thrown into the wall by the strong winds, and the curtains were now tattered and hanging onto their frames by mere threads.
Jessica was able to shake her self out of her stupor when she heard Harry groan again. Moving next to him she dropped to her knees in front of him and tried desperately to keep her amusement from showing. Gently reaching out she pulled her embarrassed boyfriend into a hug and said, "At least the flames are out."
Harry glared at his friends as they roared in laughter. Many had tears forming in their eyes as they struggled to control their mirth.
Jessica was grinning broadly and nudged Harry gently, "Lighten up Harry, you have to admit it was kind of funny."
Harry snorted, "Oh yeah absolutely hilarious," his voice dripping with sarcasm Harry huffed and turned away as his friends laughed even harder. He wasn't really angry and he was having a hard time keeping the smile off his face.
It took several minutes for the others to calm down and when they had George spoke, "So what happened next?"
Harry sighed and grinned lightly, "Well as you can imagine I apologized profusely for the next couple of minutes. They were actually taking the whole thing pretty well and seemed more amused then angry. I helped repair the damage and we decided that since all the food was destroyed we would go out for dinner. The rest of the night went pretty well and I didn't cause any more mayhem."
Still chuckling Draco asked, "What was the thing that had startled you?"
Jessica laughed as Harry blushed and answered, "Jessica's house elf,"
The group roared with laughter again this time Harry joined in.
"Well, I'm glad you're all having such fun in here but I need to steal Harry and Jessica away for a while." A voice called from their right.
Harry turned and grinned as he saw Greg standing in the doorway.
"Hey Greg, what's up?" Jessica questioned standing all laughter gone as she noticed his serious expression.
"You're needed in Egypt," he answered as Harry stood and he and Jessica moved to stand with him. "Apparently someone accidentally released an ancient creature from one of the most guarded tombs. The creature has been traveling the desert and destroying any towns it comes across hundreds have been killed already and the Minister of Magic down there had been calling for help from all over the world. I want you two down there as well."
Harry and Jessica nodded seriously and immediately powered up. Then nodding once more to Greg and calling a goodbye to their friends they shimmered away, ready to do all they could to help. After all, they were Mystic Knights, sworn to protect and aid anyone who needed them and that was exactly what they would do.
It's finally finished! I want to thank everyone for their awesome reviews and thank those who suck with the story for so long. Please R&R. Cheers!