CHAPTER 1 - THE NEW BABY

"Vernon!" Petunia was frantic. The long-awaited baby was on it's way at last! "Vernon! The baby's coming! Let's go!"

"Coming Petunia!" But Petunia was already out the door. "Dudley, grab the bag and get in the car!" Vernon rushed to grab the keys and was out the door in a flash.

Harry Potter barely glanced up from his book, Quidditch Through The Ages. His aunt and uncle rarely included him in anything, and for once, he was glad. He could see it now.the baby would grow up to be just like Dudley, Spoiled Rotten! He finished the chapter, then closed the book and trudged up the stairs. The Dursleys were having family come over to see the new baby, and he did not want to be around for that! As he walked into his room, Hedwig gave a little squawk of welcome and Harry went over to stroke her wings and open the window for her midnight hunt. Then, he plopped on his bed and was soon dreaming of his upcoming year at Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He would be entering his 2nd year in a couple of weeks.

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The next week dragged by for Harry. The house was filled with relatives, all gushing over the new baby. He was disgusted, why couldn't they just go home? All they did was boss him around, even worse than the Dursleys. And when he wasn't around to be bossed around, they found it amusing to make jokes about him. He let out a huge sigh of relief when the last one finally left.

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Harry awoke to the sound of a baby's cry. Little Daffodil had been a member of the family for 3 weeks now. The guests had all finally left the night before, and now it was just Harry and the Dursleys. He had to admit, Daffodil was a cute little baby. If only she wasn't a Dursley. He dressed quickly, knowing his aunt and uncle would be waiting for their breakfast. They had been especially moody lately, and he dared not make them angry.

"It's about time boy! We're starving in here!" Vernon's daily greeting soared through the dining room to the kitchen, where Harry was just finishing up the last of the bacon. He quickly tossed some eggs onto the plates and scampered into the dining room to serve the Dursleys their breakfast. Daffodil was lying in her bassinette, cooing happily. Harry dared not touch her, knowing the fit Petunia would throw. But still, he longed to just pick her up and cuddle her. She was such a cute little thing, and he had always craved a baby sister.

"Uncle Vernon?" Vernon grunted. "Could you give me a ride to Kings Cross Station this afternoon? I need to catch my train." Vernon grunted again and Harry took that as a yes. He hurried up to his room to finish packing before he changed his mind.

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"Now I don't want to hear anything from you till next year, got it boy?" Harry nodded his consent and hurried through the barrier.

"Harry, dear! Hello!" Harry turned to see Mrs. Weasley calling him and rushed over. She grabbed him and gave him a huge hug. "How was your summer, sweetie?" Ron, who was standing near by, rolled his eyes and hurried to save Harry from the 'Arms of Death'.

'Mom. Mom! We need to get on the train! Let him go already!" Mrs. Weasley held Harry a bit longer, then let him go. Harry looked up at her and smiled. He couldn't remember ever being hugged like that, and it felt great! "Come on Harry! Lets find an empty compartment!"

Harry barely had time to shout a "Goodbye Mrs. Weasley!" before he was dragged onto the train. He and Ron found an empty compartment, then sat down, waiting for Hermione.

"Gee, I hope she hurries up a bit. There's something I want to." The words were barely out of Ron's mouth when Hermione walked in. She chose a seat next to Harry, then looked to Ron, waiting for him to continue.

"As I was saying, there's something I want to tell you guys, and I only want to say it once." They watched him, waiting for him to go on. "Well, this year, Percy's Head Boy, so I would really appreciate it if you guys would, well, I guess just try to stay out of trouble. If Percy gets wind of any trouble-making, he'll send an owl straight to Mum, and then." He made a motion of slicing his throat.

"Sure Ron. We'll help!" Harry was grinning.

Hermione snorted. "'Try' to help you mean?" She earned a glare from Harry for that little remark.

They spent the rest of the trip chatting and snacking of treats from the trolley. When they finally reached Hogwarts, they watched the 1st years being led away by Hagrid, and hopped into one of the horseless carriages.

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The first month at Hogwarts was great. Harry, Ron, and Hermione spent their free time chatting about this and that, and trying to stay out of Percy's way. Ron and Hermione were excited when Harry told them about Daffodil, and they were disappointed that they would never get to see her.

"I guess it's not that bad," said Ron. "She'd probably end up as spoiled as Dudley. With parents like that, how could she not?" The others laughed, but Harry felt a pang of, well, just a pang of something at the thought of Daffodil ending up like Dudley. But, he had to admit. Ron was probably right, how could she not?

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That summer

"Wow! What a year!" Exclaimed Ron. "I can't believe we actually found the Chamber of Secrets! It's too bad you had to miss it all, Hermione, being petrified and all." He smirked.

Hermione jabbed him in the side, none too softly. "You're just upset because you had to do it all by yourself, without copying from me!"

"We did have some help though, Hermione. We could never have done it without that page we found."

Hermione blushed at this. "Thanks Harry. It's nice to know someone appreciates me." She looked at Ron pointedly, who ducked his head.

"Thanks for your help, Hermione." They could barely hear Ron's muttered reply, but it satisfied Hermione, who sat back and grinned.

Hermione opened her mouth to say something, when the train screeched to a halt, and she apparently changed her mind. The trio got up and filed off the train. They said their good-byes on the Platform, then Harry turned to leave, knowing he probably wouldn't see them until September.

Harry stepped through the barrier of the Hogwarts Express, Platform 9 ¾, coming face to face with the Dursleys. It had been a great year, ending with their discovering the Chamber of Secrets, and saving Ginny Weasley. He was not excited to be home. Vernon grunted when he saw Harry, then turned and walked towards the car. Dudley and Petunia followed, with little Daffodil in Petunia's arms. She would be 1 now, and she was cuter than ever. If only Harry could play with her!! 'Oh well', he thought. 'Only 3 more months till I get to leave again.'

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Harry had been back from Hogwarts for almost 2 weeks now. He had to admit though; it wasn't so bad as it had been last summer, when Petunia had been extremely pregnant and quite moody. She still wouldn't let him anywhere near Daffodil, and Vernon strongly supported her. Dudley thought it was funny to take Daffodil somewhere near Harry, and watch Vernon yell at him. Harry did his best to avoid both Dudley and the baby. He wasn't complaining too much though; Daffodil had 2 teeth and was growing a 3rd, and, for some reason, she found it amusing to bite anyone she could get her chubby fingers on. Yeah, she was still cute, but at least Harry wasn't getting bit.

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"Aaarrgghhh!" Petunia's shrieking echoed through the house. Harry dropped the last of his bacon, and ran to see what was happening. He skidded to a halt in the living room doorway, only to see Petunia screaming and pointing at Daffodil, who was sitting on the floor laughing, and Dudley and Vernon clambering through the front door.

"Petunia! What happened?" Vernon was by her side in an instant, grabbing her shoulders and turning her to face him. "Did she bite you? Are you hurt? What?" Her eyes were wide with fear, and her cheeks were streaked with tears. "Petunia! What is it?" Vernon was yelling now, but Petunia still couldn't speak.She just turned and pointed a shaky finger at Daffodil, who was still giggling like nothing was wrong.