A Harry Birthday
Lily Potter stood in the doorway of her bedroom and stared at the bed. Her emerald eyes sparkled with love and happiness. On the bed lay her husband James potter with his messy black hair, that had been made messier by a night of sleep. He was fast asleep with their children, Harry and Emma, cuddled against him on either side. That had been the reason Lily had spent the night in her daughter's room. She sighed and went to the dressing table and picked up a brush to brush her long red hair. She looked at the bed from the mirror. Their son was beginning to stir. He looked up tiredly and on seeing his mum he climbed out of bed and walked over to her
"Hello Mummy" He said, rubbing his eyes
"Good morning Harry." She said. She lifted Harry onto her lap. He had the same messy hair as James. She had tried to tame it but soon gave up when she realised it would never be tamed. Harry looked exactly like James but his eyes were the same bight emerald green as Lily's and his nose wasn't as straight. The only thing that he hadn't inherited from either parent was a thin lightning bolt shaped scar on his forehead where a dark lord had tried to kill him and failed. Lily hared the scar. It was a constant reminder of how she had nearly failed as a mother.
"Guess what" Harry said in a hushed excited voice.
"What?" Lily asked, sounding interested and excited. She already knew what Harry was going to say. He beckoned for her to bring her face closer to his mouth. He reached up and put his arms around Lily's neck.
"It's my birthday" He whispered. Lily looked at him pretending to be shocked.
"Really? No wonder you look like a big boy." Lily said giving Harry a cuddle. Harry beamed. "I'll give you your present when your dad and sister wake up." Lily said. Harry nodded and looked to the other half of his family.
"DADDY! EMMA!" He shouted. Emma gave a babyish moan that escaped her lips, her face hidden underneath her red hair. James didn't even stir! Harry looked rather offended that they were ignoring him Lily laughed and put Harry on the floor.
"Come on, your present is in the living room." Lily said. Harry ran out of the room as fast as he could.
James rushed into the kitchen. He was already running slightly behind schedule. Lily was standing by the sink reading a letter. Harry and Emma were at the table eating breakfast, or trying to. Harry kept flicking bits of soggy cereal at Emma.
"Good morning James" Lily said not looking up.
"Morning." He said quickly. He went to her and gave her a quick kiss. Lily looked at him after this.
"Aren't you forgetting something?" She asked him. He looked at her momentarily confused then it dawned on him. He turned around.
"Happy Birthday Harry!" James said loudly as Harry flicked another piece of soggy cereal at his nearly three year old sister.
"Harry!" Lily snapped. Harry looked at her innocently as Lily began to tidy up Emma, who was brushing cereal off herself.
"DADDY!" Harry shouted. James ruffled Harry's hair then turned to Lily.
"Who was the letter from?" He asked
"Sirius" Lily said.
"But he just lives down the road" James said, picking up a slice of Lily's toast.
"Sirius is Lazy" Lily said like that answered everything "He just owled to say that he's gotten April pregnant..." Lily picked up Emma and Emma nestled in Lily's arms. Lily frowned. "...again" James laughed.
"How many is that now? Three or four?" James asked.
"Its not exactly hard to count children James!" Lily said, "Give it a year and they'll probably be on their fourth." James smiled.
"Yeah, probably. I hope not though, two godchildren is enough, a third on the way," James pretended to look grief stricken. Lily looked at Emma.
"Do you want to hit daddy or shall I?" She asked. Emma smiled
"I do it!" Emma said.
"No! Not Emma!" James said pretending to beg, "Anything but Emma!" Emma began laughing so Lily clapped James just from behind her head.
"Shouldn't you be at work?" Lily asked.
"Oh yeah!" James said. He was about to leave when Lily cleared her throat. James turned and looked at Lily, "What have I forgotten now?" Lily smirked and pointed to her lips. James grinned and went over to Lily. He pressed his lips onto hers and gave her a nice gentle kiss for the morning. He was about to leave when Lily cleared her throat again
"What!" James asked.
"You said you'd take Harry to work today" Lily said quietly. Harry grinned at James and James frowned.
"Um, well today I'm-" Lily silenced him with a look
"James you promised him." She said in a slightly quieter voice so that Harry wouldn't hear. "Harry's been looking forwards to this since Christmas." James nodded.
"Alright, alright." He muttered, "The things I do for my family." He rolled his eyes before turning to Harry. "Come on Green eyes." James said. Harry jumped off his chair.
"Bye Harry" Lily said as Harry ran out after James. She turned to Emma when Harry didn't reply. Emma was playing idly with Lily's necklace. "Lets get you cleaned up." She said. Emma grinned and tried to lift Lily's necklace off. "No, no you can't play with the necklace." Lily said.
"Why? Necklace is pretty." Emma said.
"Yes but it's expensive. Aunt Jenny bought it for me." Lily said fingering her necklace. She, April Black and Jenny Lupin all had identical necklaces that had been made specially for them. They had all put in money but Jenny had put in more money then the other two.
"Is Rhia come today?" Emma asked. "Rhia and Orion?"
"I don't know" Lily said honestly.
"I go to Rhia's house?" She asked. Lily smiled.
"No, mummy has the day off work today so you can play with me for a while." Emma grinned and cuddled Lily. Lily was about to head up the stairs to put Emma in a bath when the doorbell went. Lily made a detour and went to the door. She opened the door and saw a tall man with fairly long black hair and sparkling brown eyes looking at her with a grin. He had a travel bag in one hand and a young blond haired girl attached to the other.
"Ah, Lily my darling." He said, leaning forwards and kissing Lily on the cheek as a friendly gesture.
"Sirius, what are you doing here?" Lily looked at the girl, "with Rhia?"
"April kicked me out so I stole my daughter."
"That's called kidnapping Sirius." Lily said patronisingly.
"Yeah, I know but also because April asked me to drop Rhia off anyway to play with Emma." Emma grinned and she wiggled out of her mum's grip. The little blond girl let go of Sirius' had and the two girls went running up the stairs. Lily rolled her eyes and shut the door.
"So why's April kicked you out?" Lily asked heading to the living room.
"I got her pregnant." Sirius said simply.
"When will you learn Sirius. April doesn't like being pregnant!" Lily said. Sirius shrugged.
"Not my fault." He said. "I mean, I can't help it if the woman can't keep her hands off me." I swatted Sirius' arm.
"Don't talk about April like that" I said warningly. "Ok, you can sleep here." Lily waved her wand at the sofa and it turned into a bed.
"Now that's what you call a sofa bed." Sirius grinned.
James held onto Harry's hand as he led him through the auror headquarters. Harry couldn't be anywhere safer. James led him to an office that he shared with Harry's godmother, April Black. He opened the door and saw the blonde woman furiously stamping files and folders.
"Stupid idiot, had to go and...urgh!" She slammed the files on the desk and James jumped. Harry looked around curious and fascinated. The woman looked up and glared at James. She stood up. "Learn to control your friend, he is so irritating you will not believe it!"
"I can't help it. You chose to marry him." James said uncertainly. Harry looked at April.
"Aunty April!" Harry said. April looked at Harry and smiled quickly.
"Kids." She muttered. She sat down again as James closed the office door. There were two more people they shared an office with but they weren't in yet. James put his auror cloak on a hat stand and sat in his chair, putting his feet on his desk. Harry wondered around looking at everything in the room. It wasn't really that fascinating but it made a change from classrooms and the house for Harry.
"So tell me more." James said casually.
"I didn't want kids until I was at least twenty eight, and what does Sirius go and do? He got me pregnant at twenty two, I'm now twenty five and I'm still letting them out! That man doesn't know the meaning contraception-"
"April, Harry's in the room." James said. April glared at James.
"I didn't want kids James."
"You seemed happy about it yesterday, what was it..." James smirked, "'Orion is the cutest baby that I have ever seen'" He said mimicking April's voice. James felt a spell hit him and he toppled off the back of his chair backwards. Harry started laughing.
"That's a rubbish impression James." April said, laughing slightly. James got up and grinned.
"Where's Orion anyway?"
"Mum's" April said.
"Yours hopefully if that poor excuse for a man did his job properly!" April said. James shook his head. April got up and went to Harry. "Happy birthday Harry." She said with a smile. Harry grinned, someone had remembered.
"Present." He said. April laughed.
"I'll give it to you later, is that ok? I left it at home with Sirius." Harry nodded.
"I'll have the present later." Harry said. "Is it a broom like Mummy gave me?" April looked at Harry surprised. She sat on her chair with Harry on her lap.
"Your mum gave you a broom?" She asked surprised. Harry nodded. April looked at James.
"It was her idea, I swear." James said with a smile.
"Mum said I can learn to play quidditch now. I want to be seeker." Harry said with a grin.
"Wow." April said slightly stunned. "Well done James, what did you do to her?" She asked slightly amused. James shrugged.
"I don't know. Oh, do you want to come round later? Lily's throwing a small party, because, it's Harry's birthday and because she's finishing Healer training today. Tonight she'll be a fully trained Healer." James got a slightly misty eyed look. "I love the Healer uniforms." He said.
"Your son is in the room." April laughed. James shrugged.
"Never mind" James said. Just then a paper airplane flew into the room. Harry watched it and caught it before April could. He opened it up and pretended to read it and look important.
"What do we have to do today captain Harry?" James asked.
"Kill the evil wizards."
"Ah, but you've already done that for us." James said. He hated that scar on Harry's forehead almost as much as Lily did for the same reasons as Lily did. That's one of the reasons why they had made sure that Harry had as little exposure to the Wizarding world as possible. So many people wanted to see the famous Harry Potter, the boy who lived, the boy who killed Lord Voldemort. James and Lily lived in the countryside of Wales, just down the road from Sirius and April, who had moved in a few months after Rhia had been born. Their other friends Remus and Jenny Lupin lived further away in some secluded woods. Having two werewolves in their family had really hampered Jenny's social life but she didn't seem to mind. She was the only person in all of history who seemed to be able to go near a werewolf without being bitten. It was just her son she had to watch out for.
"Which evil wizards do we have to kill today?" April asked. Harry looked at the parchment and screwed up his face in concentration
"P-Potter and Mar-Marsden. N...New ass-" Harry stopped and looked at April. "You have to kill New Ass" April and James started laughing and Harry looked at them confused then looked back at the parchment again. Maybe he'd read it wrong!
"Harry, can I have the parchment please?" James asked. Harry went to James and gave him the parchment. Harry climbed onto James' lap and then climbed onto the desk and sat watching his dad with his legs swinging and hitting the drawers below the desk.
"So what do we have to do?" April asked.
"Oh," James said with a frown. "Um, we have to go and guard the Longbottoms. Apparently there's another ex-Death Eater out to kill them" April shook her head in pity.
"As if they haven't suffered enough. I went to go and visit young Neville Longbottom a few days ago. He seemed to be ok. I hope you don't mind but I told his grandma that he could play with Harry when he wanted." April said. "I just feel so sorry for him."
"Oh, it's fine. It's the least we can do to help the Longbottoms." James said. April smiled.
"So when are we on duty?"
"We start tomorrow. Before then we have to go and get some information on something called a Firearm, a muggle thing." James frowned and looked at his arm. April looked slightly puzzled as well.
"A fire arm? I didn't think that Muggles were clever enough to set themselves on fire without burning themselves." April said.
"Well, I would ask Lily what it is but she's at home. I suppose it's a trip to the misuse of Muggle artefacts office." James said.
"Oh, I know that the head of that department is supposed to be weird but that Aurthur Weasley..." April looked around like someone was going to hear them, "He collects plugs." She said uncertainly. James raised an eyebrow.
"Really?" James asked, "Where do you pick that up?"
"Oh, the girls from the Law enforcement office are always talking and the Muggle Relations men, they seem to think despite this wedding band here-" she held up her left hand, "I'm still single. You'd be surprised with the amount of information I've managed to draw out of many of the kids around here"
"We're some of the youngest in the ministry" James said rather bemused. April shrugged and leaned back in her chair. There was a loud bang and April reached for her wand. James reached for his wand but couldn't find it. They both looked at the source of the bang and saw Harry lying on the desk laughing. He held James' wand in his right hand.
"HARRY!" James said, "How many times have I told you not to play with my wand?" Harry grinned and his green eyes sparkled. April put her wand away slowly.
"Merlin, James. I thought I had it tough. I'm glad I didn't have a son the same time as you had Harry, can you just imagine that? Another Potter and Black and then there'd be Bo, so another Lupin and all you'd need is Wor-" April stopped. James looked at her darkly. Pettigrew's betrayal was still very fresh in his memory. Lily and James hadn't really been able to make any new friends for about two years after, it wasn't until Harry had begun to go to school that they had to force themselves to begin trusting others again.
"Don't talk to me about him." James said darkly.
"Sorry." April muttered, "His name just sort of slipped out. You know we have to go and see him next week."
"I know." James said putting his wand roughly back into his pocket and poking himself in the process. He swore and sat down.
"Dad, you swore. Mummy won't be happy" Harry said in a matter of fact voice.
"If you don't tell your mum, I'll buy you an ice cream on the way home." James said. Harry grinned.
"I won't tell her." Harry said.
Lily sighed as Rhia and Emma ran past her and into the fields that made up her back garden. The Potters didn't really have a garden, as such. Their house was in the middle of a field, quite far from the main village and was set in amongst the hills that surrounded Godric's Hollow. Godric's Hollow was named after the house that the Potter's house had been built over. Their house was called Godric's Hollow and it did get confusing sometimes but Lily and James knew how to deal with it.
"EMMA! RHIA!" Lily shouted. "Be Careful...Oh why do I even bother?" Lily said letting the door stay open. Sirius had raided Lily's fridge and was half way through a tub of ice cream.
"That's what you get for marrying and having the kids of my bestest friend" Sirius said. Lily slapped him round the back of the head. "What?"
"Shut up Sirius." Lily said. "How is your mother?" Lily asked. Sirius scowled.
"Oh, her, she died." Sirius said, "I've got her house and everything but I really don't want it."
"Well what are you going to do with it? It's in London isn't it?" Lily asked with her wand out. She was eyeing various areas of the kitchen. Sirius looked at her slightly confused.
"Yeah it is but I went to go there after mum's funeral and it's so dark and depressing and there's this whopping great ugly portrait of her in the hall way and it screams at me every time I see it." Sirius shuddered. A smirk appeared on Lily's face.
"Well I can go and have a look to see if I can try and get it down, ah!" Lily pointed her wand at the corner of the room.
"What are you doing?" Sirius asked Lily. A jet of streamers shot out of the end of Lily's wand and she decorated the kitchen with various decorations.
"If you haven't forgotten Darling," Lily said turning to Sirius, "It's Harry's Birthday today." Sirius went slightly pale.
"How could I forget?" He asked. Lily rolled her eyes.
"You're a crap liar Sirius."
"How come I managed to trick you all through Hogwarts and I can't trick you now?"
"You never could trick me at Hogwarts, I just let you get away with what you got away with because you were James' friend and April was dating you." Lily said.
"Yeah but before that."
"Like I could be bothered to try and find you all those times." Lily said, "Where's Orion?"
"April's mum's house." Sirius said. Lily smirked.
"She doesn't trust you with Orion?" She asked, rather amused.
"No." Sirius said looking rather upset.
"Well he is only one and a half, I remember you dropped Rhia a few times when she was that age."
"She bounced back though, she never hurt herself." Sirius said in a defensive voice.
"And you're lucky she didn't" Came the voice of a young woman. Lily and Sirius turned to the open door and grinned. A young Chinese woman the same age as Lily stood in the doorway. Her long black hair was tied up and she looked slightly tired.
"AUNTY JENNY!" screamed two girls from outside. The Chinese woman turned and held her arms out as Rhia and Emma hugged her tightly.
"Hi girls." She said.
"Jenny." Lily said with a smile. "How was the full moon?"
"Oh, awful. Bo didn't take his wolfsbane potion. He's being so stubborn at the moment" Jenny said.
"You know, all you have to do is get yourself bitten and you'll have like a little werewolf family." Sirius said with a grin. Jenny gave him an unamused look. "Ok, try this one...have another baby!"
"No, one is fine thank you very much. Two werewolves in the family is way more then enough." Jenny said.
"Is Bo here?" Rhia asked. She ran a hand over her blonde hair.
"He's outside with Remus." Jenny said. The girls ran outside and Jenny came further into the kitchen. "Nice decorations" She commented Lily grinned.
"Thank you." She said perkily.
"Right, Sirius, never never feed your kid sugar again." Came the tired voice of Remus Lupin as he walked into the kitchen as well. His usually sandy brown hair had one or two grey hairs in them and was covered in neon green jelly. His long black robes were also covered in the same neon green jelly. The other adults all raised their eyebrows or looked at him curiously.
"What happened?" Lily asked.
"Emma and Rhia." He said. Lily looked slightly annoyed and Sirius beamed.
"What did they do this time?"
"When has there been a huge hole out in the back garden?" Remus asked, "and one that's full of this...jelly" Remus ran his hands trough his hair to try and get the jelly out of his hair.
"Harry's been into digging holes. I keep falling into them. James is encouraging him even though it's really quite annoying." Lily said tiredly. She picked her wand off the counter and went outside. Rhia and Emma were leaning over a large hole in the ground dipping their hands into something. A young slightly Asian looking boy with dark brown hair stood nearby looking rather innocently at them.
"Come on Bo." Rhia said.
"No, it's ok. You two can play with that...goo." He said peering into it. Lily started walking over. Bo and the girls didn't see her.
"You no fun." Emma said. Bo sidled up to them and carefully lifted his foot and pressed it against the small of Emma's back. She let out a shriek as she tumbled into the green goo filled pit. Rhia started laughing and nearly lost her balance. Lily picked Rhia up by her waist and Bo stepped away looking innocent.
"Emma." Lily said sternly as she lifted Emma out of the hole with magic. It looked as though there was a rope tied around Emma's waist and she was dripping as she was pulled out. Her red hair now a really ugly greeny red. Rhia giggled and Emma looked slightly dazed. When she saw Bo she looked at him slightly annoyed. Bo gave her a grin.
"Sorry." He said.
"Mummy, Bo is mean to me." Emma said, Lily sighed and made Emma float back to the house. Emma seemed to be rather annoyed at first but began to enjoy herself. Bo walked calmly behind Lily and Rhia made herself comfortable in Lily's arms.
"AH!" Sirius shouted, "ALIEN BABY!!" Emma started laughing.
"No!" Emma said like Sirius was stupid, "Emma!"
"Really?" Jenny said, "Doesn't look like Emma" Rhia sniggered and Emma giggled.
"Lily, can I have a chocolate drink please?" Bo asked.
"Help yourself." Lily said. Bo smiled and went to the fridge. "You may want your child back." She said to Sirius. Sirius nodded and took Rhia. Rhia put her arms around Sirius' neck as Lily transferred her to Sirius.
"She's going to be a daddy's girl when she's older." Remus said.
"And is that a problem because?" Sirius asked. Jenny and Remus looked at each other not looking amused.
"You can be an idiot sometimes." Jenny said.
"Mummy, down!" Emma demanded.
"No, bath." Lily said in a motherly tone that she didn't usually take. Emma looked at her surprised and went quiet.
"Lily the mummy." Remus quipped. The adults started laughing gently. Lily turned to Remus.
"It's your son that got her like this." Lily said to Remus. Jenny looked at Bo. Bo looked at her alarmed and ran off into the house.
"I hate being married to a marauder sometimes. The kids have inherited all your traits." Jenny said to Sirius and Remus. Sirius and Remus looked quite proud of themselves. Lily shook her head and made Emma float up to the bathroom.
A/N:-So what do you think? should i carry on? up to you guys, please leave a review telling me what you think about this story and I will be almost eternally grateful.
Again, this story is for Sweetest-sin980 also known as kaylee. Please read her stories, they are fabulous! though she only has 1 story up at the moment