Chapter Three: The Headline of the Daily Prophet
Sirius Black Is Not A Murderer
In a stunning upset earlier today, Cornelius Fudge was forced to give Sirius Black a trial according to the many sightings of Peter Pettigrew. "I am ashamed to announce that the evidence for his supposed crime does not fit with what he told us with veritaserum. I hereby announce that Sirius Black is free to roam the world again."- Cornelius Fudge
This is Rita Skeeter saying, we'll see you on page seven for the full story.
Will looked at the headline and then to Harry and back again to the headline. "Harmony… look at this! Sirius Black was set free today!" he almost yelled.
"What? Are you serious?" she asked, astonished.
"No, I'm Sirius!" Sirius Black stood in the doorway to the hospital room. He chuckled as Harmony gave him a huge hug.
"How did you get here so fast? Weren't you just released this morning?" Will asked.
"Well, first thing after my head cleared of veritaserum, I immediately asked Dumbledore where Harry was. He told me that his uncle had beat on him and that he was in the hospital. He said that he would take care of Vernon for us. So where is the little squirt?" he said.
A five year old walked up behind him and threw his arms around Sirius's legs. "Padfoot!" he said.
Sirius looked down and picked him up. "How did you know that?" he asked, then, before Harry could answer, he gave him a huge hug and whispered, "I'm never letting you go, ever again."
"I remembered it… I heard it a lot when I was little." Harry said. "Can I show you the people's who saved me?" he asked.
"Of course. Give me the grand tour!" he said.
"Well, I think you know Will and Harmony… this is my friend Danny. He's their son. And this is Hailey, she doesn't talk much." Harry said. "But she's a great artist!" Harry pulled the picture out of his pocket. "See?" but Sirius was no longer standing by Harry's side. He was standing by Hailey.
"Why is she hurt more than the others?" he asked.
"From what I can tell, she tried to block the blows for Danny and Harry. Very protective, isn't she?" Will ruffled Harry's hair and Harry grinned.
"Do you remember who she is, Harm? Tell me you remember, you can't have forgotten." Sirius said.
"What do you mean?" she asked. She walked to the bed and stood next to Sirius.
"Do you remember the color of her eyes, Harm? Did you ever look at her eyes? And tell me that she doesn't look like Lily except for the hair. I'm positive she has green eyes, she looks like a Potter, Harm." Sirius stated.
Harmony stared at the unconscious girl and suddenly she saw what Sirius was talking about. "You mean this is-" Sirius nodded.
"But I thought she died!" she exclaimed. William's curiosity piqued and stood next to Harmony.
"We all did… but I'd recognize that face and hair and the scar, any day. It's all part of being a godfather." Sirius said, he moved Hailey's bangs out of the way. Hailey stirred at the touch and started to moan like she was in a nightmare.
She suddenly sat up straight, screaming. She clung to the person who was closest to her and shivered. Sirius did his best to comfort her and it seemed to be working.
"Don't leave me all alone… don't make me go back in there… please… not the dark place…" she whispered. Sirius had a confused look on his face.
"Dark place?" he mouthed to Harmony. Harmony shrugged and went out to get a nurse. A minute later, a nurse came in and started to check on Harry and Danny.
Sirius picked Hailey up. "The nurse has to check and make sure you're okay. Will you let her?" he asked. Hailey was still shivering from fright.
"As long as she won't make me go to the dark place." She whispered. Sirius set her down on the bed.
The nurse bustled over. "Harmony said she woke up screaming and talking about a dark place. Do you have any idea what that might be?"
"You're the nurse! You should know." He said, shocked. "I'm not a psychiatrist… Will was the one good with mind things…" he said.
"I'm going to take a stab in the dark here but I think that the dark place is where her subconscious is and in her subconscious are really bad memories… so she calls it the dark place." He explained.
"That makes sense." The nurse agreed. "Bad memories for a child could be considered her dark place. I don't see why not. Apparently this child has had to go through more than a child should."
"I'm going to ask you a few questions, okay?" the nurse asked Hailey. "First, what is your name?"
"Hailey, I don't know my last name… nobody ever told me."
The nurse clicked her tongue. "Do you have a family?"
"No… I ran away from the orphanage… Am I in trouble?" Hailey's eyes went wide. "I don't want to go back to Miss Himney and the other kids! I don't want to! Don't make me go back, please! Miss Himney puts me in my dark place sometimes… it's so scary and I'm so alone in there… I never want to go back there again!" she screamed.
"Shhh… no one is going to put you in your dark place here, okay? Only two more questions, okay?" the nurse calmed her down. 'That dark place must be a doozy… I've never seen a five year old child react like this before!'
"Do you remember the color of your eyes?" the nurse asked.
"They're green. A bright green, like his." She pointed at Harry. "Is he my brother?" the nurse shook her head.
"Wait, nurse lady, she is." Sirius said.
"But that's impossible! Lily's daughter died when youknowwho went to their house!" the nurse said, shocked.
"I thought that too, but look at the common things between them. The same facial features, the same eyes, the same height even the exact same color hair. This is Hailey Potter, twin sister to Harry Potter. And she has a scar, like his, only upside down. That is what I can't ignore." Sirius said. He moved Hailey's bangs out of the way.
The nurse was truly shocked. "The newspapers will have a frenzy about this. Rita is already coming to see Harry, but if she finds out about Hailey…" she left the sentence hanging. Harmony walked over to Hailey.
"Then we won't let her." She said. "We'll take Hailey to Hogwarts and she can hang out there for a while. Then Sirius and Harry can meet up with her later, while Will and I find a new house that we can all live in. We can have one of the teachers watch her. A five year old doesn't want that much attention." She said wisely.
"What's Hogwarts?" Hailey whispered. Harmony smiled.
"It's a wonderful place, full of happy people and people who are magical, just like you." Sirius said as he squatted down to meet Hailey's face. "Well, except for the Slytherin's… but they're a different story."
"I'm magical?" she asked in awe.
"Of course you are! Harry and Danny are too! All of us in the room right now, we're all magical. Do you want to go to Hogwarts?" he asked.
Hailey's eyes widened. "Yeah! Yeah, I do! Please take me there, I want to visit it!"
"Then Harm will take you, okay?" Sirius said. Hailey glanced up at the smiling Harmony.
"Okay!" she latched onto Harmony's hand. "Let's go! I wanna go now! Please?" she whined. Hailey never wanted to be in one place more than she did now.
Harmony laughed. "Are you feeling okay, you're not in pain?" she asked, a little worriedly.
"No, I've never felt better!" she smiled. Her green eyes shone with hope and happiness.
"Okay then, we'll go down to the floo room. Then we can floo over to Hogwarts!"
"What's a floo room?" Hailey asked. Harmony only smiled.
.;';.;';.;';.;';.;';.Later, At Hogwarts, in Dumbledore's Office.;';.;';.;';.;';.;';.
"Harmony! May I ask the occasion?" Dumbledore smiled as Harmony brushed herself off. Then she turned around and did the same to Hailey.
"Jeez, professor, you'd think that with all the people who visit you all the time you'd clean your fireplace." Harmony scoffed.
"Wow! What is this thing?" Hailey asked, pointing to the Sorting Hat.
"I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat!" it said. Hailey shrieked and jumped back.
"It talked!" she said, pointing. "Hat's don't talk where I come from."
"I'm a special hat." It said. Dumbledore smiled.
"Who's the child, Harmony? Where's Will? And How's Danny? Is Harry alright?" he asked.
"Professor, this is Hailey. Will's with Danny, Harry, and Sirius and they are all fine. What I came here for was to ask if you could keep her for a little bit, have a teacher watch her so we can hide her from Rita."
"Why would you want to hide her from Rita?" he asked, interestedly.
"This is why." Harmony grabbed Hailey's hand and pulled her over to Dumbledore's desk. She lifted up the bangs on her forehead.
Dumbledore took in a breath. "Oh my…" he said.
"Yeah, that's what I felt like when Sirius told me. Sirius was the one who recognized her for who she really was. Meet Lily and James' daughter, Hailey Potter."
Dumbledore smiled again. "I knew she couldn't have died like everyone thought. You were right to hide her from Rita, we don't need the public thinking Sirius had her hidden somewhere. It would be strange for Sirius to get out of prison and then have the Long Lost Daughter show up." Dumbledore pushed his half moon glasses up the bridge of his crooked nose. "But I'm afraid that the only teacher available right now to watch her is Professor Snape."
"What!" Harmony asked.
"So, she'll have to spend her time in the dungeons, with Professor Snape until you can come and get her." Dumbledore was expecting her shocked reaction.
"Sirius will be mad about this." Dumbledore smiled.
"He will, you're right. So don't tell him, tell him after the interview. I can't watch her, I'm have to leave for Ministry business soon." He looked at the small girl sitting in a comfy Chintz armchair.
Harmony, Hailey, and Dumbledore all turned to look at the door when they heard a knock.
"Come in!" Hailey said.
The door opened and in walked Snape.
"I've come to ask you about some of my stude- who is the child?" he asked abruptly.
Hailey got up and hugged him around his legs. She looked up at him and smiled. "I'm Hailey… Potter, I think that's Harmony said. You're going to watch me!"
The look of horror on Snape's face was priceless.
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