Chapter 17 Home At Last
"Where could he be?" a voice said as it made its way towards the office.
"It's been 10 months!" another exclaimed.
The door opened.
"Lemon drop?" Harry asked the room full of people who had filed their way in. He sat in Dumbledore's chair with his legs propped up on the desk.
"Harry?" Ron asked.
"In the flesh!" Harry chuckled as the room broke out in chatter.
"Where have you been, Mr. Potter?" Dumbledore asked. Harry removed the memory charm and recognition dawned on the professor's face.
"What just happened?" Hermione asked.
"I just removed a memory charm, I placed on him 20 years ago."
"Oh," Hermione said. "Wait, what?"
"For the past 10 months I have been in the year 1976, with my parents," Harry explained. "I was under the name of Evan Jameson."
Mrs. Weasley gasped. "I remember you! I had met you before. You showed up in our living room!" She hit her husband. "And you told me to stop bugging him!"
Just then the door opened again. A worn and tired Ginny entered. "Sorry I'm late. I was helping Colin and time just got away…Harry?" She stopped dead in her tracks.
He smiled at her. "Hey Ginny."
She ran up to him and snogged the life out of him. Then she slapped him. "Where have you been? We've all been worried sick!"
Harry took a moment to snap out of his daze. "I went back in time. I ended up in my parents' 6th year, which reminds me. Where's Remus?"
"He's back at headquarters. He's been going insane over losing you," Ron answered.
"Oh," Harry said worriedly. "I better go tell him I'm back." He made to move.
"Wait!" Bill said. "First I do believe we have to have a little chat about my darling sister." The Weasley boys nodded their consent. Harry paled.
An hour later and after a very scary and embarrassing discussion, Ginny's brothers gave in. Harry and Ginny decided happily to go out. Now Harry had a certain marauder to see.
He flooed into headquarters. "Moony?" he called out.
Remus came running into the room. "Harry?" he gasped. He looked awful, even worse than when Sirius had first died. "Where have you been?"
"More like when," Harry answered. "Do you remember Evan Jameson?"
Remus was confused. "Yes, but what does that have to…oh," he said as Harry lifted the charm.
"Sirius wanted me to tell you that you're the best friend a mutt could have," Harry told him.
Remus wore a sad smile. "He always used to say that. Wait, so did you just get back?"
"Pretty much, well maybe an hour and a half ago."
"What took you so long to get here?"
Harry grimaced. "Oh well you see, when Ginny saw me she started kissing me. Let's just say that I had quite a chat with all of the Weasley males."
Remus laughed. "I bet you did."
And Harry sat there reminiscing with the last true marauder for hours. There may have been a war going on outside, but right then, for them, they were living in a world of the past as they fondly remembered their 6th years.