Author's Notes: I am not going to change the storyline of Book 4 other than the fact that Sirius is a free man and Remus and Alexandra are Harry's guardians. So, same events from the book, except that when Molly and Bill come as Harry's family – in my AU, that would have been Remus and Alexandra – things like that, if you catch my meaning. I hadn't realized it's been almost a year since I updated this, but I was rather stuck as to how to write the events of GOF until I decided to take the easy way out (because I rather like how GOF is written). I sincerely apologize to everyone who is still reading this story and I hope I won't take another year to update it. :-)
And now….. Here's where I change things around a bit.
Chapter 7 – After the Third Task
The students were all gathering in the Great Hall. Something had happened at the end of the Tri-Wizard Tournament. The full moon had illuminated the ghastly scene as Harry had arrived outside the maze holding Cedric Diggory's dead body.
A tall blond woman strode quickly down the corridor and up one of the magical staircases with four wizards following in her wake. The students gaped at her as she passed. She stopped at the top.
"Guard Crouch, do not allow the Dementors near him. Get back-up if you need it." She ordered in a cold voice. "I'll be in the hospital wing."
"Yes, Malfoy." Two aurors chorused immediately.
"You two will be escorting Minister Fudge in a moment." She swept into the hospital wing. Minister Fudge stood by Harry's bedside talking with Dumbledore.
"I simply do not believe that Voldemort…it's preposterous."
"I suggest you speak with Crouch and hear his testimony." Dumbledore said calmly.
"He will be getting The Kiss any minute now." Fudge said, looking at Alexandra nervously.
"Not until you hear his testimony, of course, that's what you meant, isn't it?" She asked smoothly. "These aurors will escort you to Crouch, to ensure your safety, Minister."
Fudge nodded and walked out of the room followed by the two aurors, Snape and McGonagall.
"Mum." Harry whispered, tears finally welling up in the green eyes.
"Oh, Harry." Alexandra moved swiftly to the bed and sat down, taking Harry into her arms. "I'm here. I've got you. You're safe now."
Alexandra shifted so she was leaning back against the pillows and pulled Harry tightly against her side. Harry burrowed his face into her neck, her hair was down and he could smell the lavender shampoo she used. He twined a lock of her hair around his hand. Closing it in a fist, he shut his eyes, listening to her murmur loving words of comfort.
"He should take this." Madam Pomfrey held out a small glass of dreamless sleep potion. Harry opened his eyes as Alexandra took it and held it up to Harry's mouth. Alexandra waited until Harry's breathing had become slow and regular.
"I never should have allowed him to compete in this tournament."
"It was binding, he had to. I never thought…I never thought it would be this dangerous."
"I will not allow him to be in this school unless I feel sure he is well protected."
"As you wish." Dumbledore nodded serenely.
"You suspected something didn't you? And you didn't tell me."
"I don't know what I suspected, it was hard to articulate."
"You get my son in harm's way again, old man." Alexandra growled angrily, Dumbledore held up a hand to stop her words.
"You will do what you must, as will I."
Remus walked into the hospital wing slowly. The moon had just set and Tabby had told him to go to Hogwarts immediately. Dumbledore had escorted him to the door of the Hospital Wing and told him what had happened.
Alexandra and Harry were asleep in a hospital bed. Harry had a fistful of Alexandra's hair held tightly in his hand. Remus smiled before noticing the bandage on Harry's arm and his stomach turned. He took another step and Alexandra's eyes flew open.
"You're here." The relief obvious in her voice.
"Yes." Remus closed the distance as quickly as he could and sat down next to the bed. "How is he?"
"He cried." Alexandra's own eyes welled up with tears. Harry rarely cried. "That bastard almost killed him."
Remus wasn't sure who exactly his wife was referring to as he reached over and smoothed Harry's hair. Green eyes blinked open. "Hey, kiddo." Remus said gently, pressing a kiss to Harry's forehead.
"I know…Dumbledore told me, you don't have to talk now." Remus felt ill, remembering Dumbledore's words about the ritual and how Harry had been used. "I love you. I'm so sorry we weren't there to help you."
"You did…I was strong, like you." Harry said.
"This summer you told me you weren't your father. That you could keep a secret, keep my husband's identity safe."
"Yes." Draco said quickly.
"Come with me." Alexandra turned and walked down the hallway to a portrait. It swung open and Draco followed his aunt inside the small room.
"Professor Lupin!" Draco stared in shock as he recognized the man standing in front of him. "He's your husband?"
"He's a werewolf." Draco whispered.
"I know." His aunt whispered back. "He's also a good man."
"I...He..." Draco stared back and forth between his Aunt and his...Uncle. Finally he straightened his spine and stuck out his hand. "It is nice to meet you at last, Uncle Lupin."
Remus shook Draco's hand. "It is nice to meet you, Draco."
"Aunt...He's Harry Potter's adoptive father."
"Yes. Harry lives with us."
"Could I come visit sometime?" Draco asked.
"Perhaps, when this is all over."
"Because of Father."
"He was there last night, Draco, he helped Voldemort. He is still a loyal Death Eater."
"I'm not a Death Eater." Draco said firmly. "And I won't become one. I make my own fate."
"I am very glad to hear it." Alexandra smiled fondly at her nephew.
"Why are you telling me this now?" Draco asked.
"Because I will be here at the school until the term is over. I want to make sure Harry is safe. And I wanted you to find out the truth from me."
"That's your mum?" Seamus Finnegan looked at Alexandra with amazement as she stood talking with Dumbledore at the front of the Great Hall. "She's bloody gorgeous."
"Thanks." Harry said dryly. "You can stop drooling now."
"Auror Malfoy is your mum?" Dean asked. "That's wicked cool!"
"Yes, it's been a secret, since I moved in with Dad. They've been together over eleven years."
Alexandra walked to the Gryffindor table and sat down between Harry and Seamus. Seamus gave a small 'eep' and blushed scarlet as Alexandra said hello.
"Mum, that's Seamus. That's Dean and Neville, and you know Ron, Hermione and Ginny." Harry made quick introductions of the people sitting nearest to him.
"Nice to meet you all." Alexandra nodded. "Are you eating more than that?" She stared pointedly at the small scoop of eggs and potatoes on Harry's plate.
"It's my third helping."
"Good. I've spoken with Dumbledore and he's made some arrangements so I can get back to the Ministry. I have meetings I have to be at...Then I'll be back tonight." Harry nodded as he ate his fifth piece of toast. "And tomorrow Dad and I will drive you home, unless you really want to ride the Hogwarts Express."
"Do you think something will happen on the train?" Hermione asked.
"Oh, no. Madame Pomfrey said Harry still needs to rest as much as possible so I thought the car ride would be shorter than the train ride and the car ride. Windy Corner is only a couple hours from here."
"If I need to rest, shouldn't I skip Potions?" Harry asked hopefully. Alexandra looked at him closely.
"You do look a bit peaky...but you need a good grade."
"Ravenclaw." Harry muttered disgustedly as he finished his breakfast.
Alexandra walked with Harry, Ron and Hermione to Potions.
"All right. I'll see you tonight." Alexandra smoothed Harry's hair and pressed kisses to his face.
"Mum, stop it." Harry muttered, trying to push her away, feeling embarrassed as students walked by and stared.
"Wait, you've got something on your face." Alexandra licked her thumb and started to move it towards Harry's cheek.
"Mum!" Harry screeched as he batted her hand away.
"What's the use of it not being secret if I can't embarrass you now?" Alexandra grinned.
"I want it to be a secret again." Harry said, trying to maintain a scowl on his face. "Could you just obliviate everyone in the corridor?"
"No. Wards have been changed so no harmful magic can be done in the corridors." Alexandra said. "Nice try, though."
"I'm going to be late and Snape will take points." Harry said. "I love you, Mum." He ran off before Alexandra could give him another hug or kiss.