Thanks for the review.. I havent had any in a while. No.. I'm still working on this one. I just had a bit of writer's block...I'm glad you like it! I actually am tying this in with another fic of mine:-)
The next two years passed slowly for Leya. She missed Terence desperately, but the two of them exchanged owls weekly. Leya was still the mischievous little girl and her teachers just did not know what to do with her. Still, she had the cutest expression, every adult fell in love with her. As for Justin, he became accustomed to the fact that he was a wizard. The two of them grew closer. Justin was just happy that he and Leya would be going to school together for many more years. When Justin's letter first arrived, it had really taken his parents by surprise and they were very much in doubt. Remus had gone over afterwards to speak with his parents, showing them a spell with his wand, and eventually, they believed him. In many ways, they were thankful to Remus and it put them at ease, knowing Leya would also be there with Justin. Justin, after all, had become quite fond of the mischievous little tomboy.
June 21st arrived. Leya had finally turned 11. She and Terence were quietly talking.
"Now, Leya. There's some things you need to know…" he sighed.
"Well, I was sorted into Slytherin. Slytherins aren't very nice, at least to people in other houses, especially Gryffindor. If you do not get sorted into Slytherin, I'm going to have to pretend that I hate you. "
"But why?" Leya didn't understand.
"Because of house rivalry." He sighed. "I can't explain it Leya, but you have to trust me on this. We will have to keep our friendship a secret. I'll think of something so we can still see each other."
Leya frowned. She didn't get it but, she trusted Terence and Terence was older than her. He was her best friend and wouldn't lie to her. "Ok."
"That's my girl!" He grinned. "Now, what do you want to do for your birthday?"
Leya tilted her head. "Surprise me?"
Terence laughed. "Are you sure?"
Leya fervently nodded her head. "Yep!"
"Ok. But don't say I didn't warn you," he teased.
Leya giggled and looked up when her dad came outside. "Leya, letter for you." Remus smiled.
Leya grinned and ran up to her dad, taking the letter from his hand.
:HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITHCRAFT & WIZARDRY
:Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
Dear Ms. Sharma-Lupin:
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary equipment.
Term begins on September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31.
She squealed in delight. "Daddy! Rency! I'm going to Hogwarts!" She giggled happily, bouncing around. Remus chuckled.
"Was there ever any doubt?"
Leya grinned cheekily. She could just imagine all the chaos she could cause with her wand. Terence and Remus exchanged looks. They knew the look that was playing across Leya's face.
"I smell trouble," Terence muttered. Leya looked over at Terence, smirking before kissing him on the cheek and running off to Justin's house.
Terence sighed, looking at Remus. "You do realize, she is going to cause chaos and I don't know if you know, but the Weasley Twins already have built quite a reputation. I have a feeling that the three of them are going to cause utter chaos. I feel sorry for anyone victim to Leya's antics, especially if the twins befriend her."
"And I take it Peeves is still there, causing havoc?"
Terence nodded. "He's constantly getting on everyone's nerves. Only the Bloody Baron can control him."
Remus shook his head. "Well, to say the least, Hogwarts won't be dull."
"That it won't…" Terence admitted.
Remus smiled. "So what are you two planning?"
"You mean if I can keep Leya out of trouble for just a minute?" Terence smirked.
Remus laughed. "I'm sure you could. Well, you're probably the only one who could."
"Mr. Lupin. Maybe here, but at Hogwarts, I highly doubt it. Anyways, it's a surprise." He smirked. "I did warn her."
Remus shook his head. "What am I going to do with you two? It's amazing you two are such good friends, but then again it's not." He chuckled. "I better get going, however. I have an urgent owl to send and I want to finish it so I can spend time with Leya."
Terence smirked and nodded. "See ya Remus. I'll be over later to get Leya."
Remus waved to him as Terence walked away, towards Knockturn Alley to pick up Leya's gift.
Remus sighed as he entered his study, writing an owl. It had been 10 years since his good friend Rana and James' first love, had run away with her daughter. 10 long years... Rajni would be 13 now. For the past 10 years, Remus continued to search for her, but to no avail. Harry would be starting school and he had hoped Harry could finally meet his half-sister. When would Rana realize she couldn't run from her pain forever? Both Rajni and Harry deserved to know each other and Remus knew Harry needed the sister he didn't even know he had. How long would he be able to keep Harry in the dark that James had indeed loved another? He knew people around him would make Harry feel as if it had always been James and Lily, but was that really fair?
Remus sighed. Where was Rana? Remus tied the parchment and sent it off to Michael Davies, who had been one of Rana's best friends at Hogwarts, wondering if maybe he should contact the Order. Yet, at the same time, he felt as if he was betraying her. What if Rana didn't want to be found?
He sighed, but smiled, seeing Leya skip inside.
"Come here you!"
Leya giggled and bounced onto Remus' lap. "What was wrong, Daddy?"
"Nothing, Sweetie." He didn't want his daughter to worry. There would be a time when he'd tell her, but he wouldn't spoil her birthday.
"Positive!" He kissed her nose.
"Ok!" She grinned, climbing off of his lap when she heard the bell ring. "Rency!" She ran to the door, screaming in excitement.
Remus laughed, watching his daughter run out of the room. Leya swung open the door. She tilted her head, seeing Justin.
"Hi Leya," Justin said shyly.
"Hiya Justin!" She smiled. Justin wasn't Terence, but he was still her friend. Leya was happy to see him.
Justin looked at her shyly and handed her a little box. "Happy Birthday." He looked down at his feet and then at her. "Erm…" He pecked her on the lips before running off.
Leya stared at him in disbelief. Remus chuckled as he walked to the door. "It looks like someone has a crush on you," he teased.
Leya stared at her dad and then at the door, blinking. She shook her head. "Don't be silly Daddy. I don't like boys like that. Besides, I'm too busy causing mischief!"
Remus shook his head. "You'll change you mind one day, Leya." He chuckled.
"No I won't!" She grinned, put on her cap, grabbed her soccer ball, and ran outside. She practiced kicking her ball into goals when she heard footsteps approaching. She turned around, grinning seeing Terence. Terence raised his eyebrows in amusement. Leya stood there in jeans, a t-shirt, and a cap. "Leya, are you ever going to act like a girl?"
Leya scrunched her nose and shook her head.
Terence shook his head, laughing and then smiled. "I got you a little something."
Leya dropped her ball and ran over to him. Terence took her hands. "I know you are a tomboy, but wear it please, for me? Think of it as a symbol of out friendship."
Leya nodded as Terence handed her the box. She pulled out the object to see a bracelet made completely of snake skin. It had eyes donned with emerald. Terence smiled and slipped it onto her wrist. Unknown to both was that the bracelet was very powerful and held a great deal of magic. It could prove to be dangerous if not used correctly. It was very rare and expensive.
Leya smiled at him. "Thank you." Terence grinned and kissed her on the cheek before the two ran off to the Higgs residence.