Disclaimer: I own nothing. Except Holly and Calhoun.
At Hogwarts Again
Abbie Haven Snape
James left his family as soon as he passed though the barrier. He needed to find Holly before he dealt with his brother and cousin. Of course, he would be nice to them on the train because he remember what it was like to be a first year and not knowing anyone. If it wasn't for Teddy and Victoire on the train, he would have been one lonely boy.
Actually, if it wasn't for Holly last year, it would still had been a very lonely train ride. He had other friends beside her, of course, but he didn't associate with them as much as he did with Holly. Holly was the only person he ever did spend any amount of time with much to his parents dismay.
He looked into a compartment, not seeing Holly but did find his god brother and cousin. Kissing! Snogging even!
Opening the compartment door, loudly, he cleared his throat at them. Teddy stopped kissing her long enough to look up at him, hair turning to black to show his anger at him. James smiled. "What you doing?" he asked.
"What does it look like?" asked Teddy before turning his hair back to dark brown and turquoise highlights. "I came to see my favorite family off." Then, he turned back to Victoire.
James smiled, closing the compartment door and continued down the train until finally he found where Holly was.
"James! There you are!" she said, jumping up quickly when he walked into the compartment, taking his owl out of his hands. "Hi there Blanky. Did you miss me?" The owl hooted and she giggled as she put it up into the top shelf.
"Hey, sorry. Dad and Mom are like freaking out. Albus is freaking out about what house he's going to be sorted in. Stupid brother."
Holly hit him in the arm, smiling slightly. He just smirked, both of them putting his stuff up above them. "Rose coming too right?"
"Unfortunately. I'll be back. Probably with them if you don't mind."
"No, that's fine. I would love to see Albus again."
He nodded, quickly running out of the compartment again and out of the train to his parents.
"Teddy's back there!" he said quickly. He had figured ever since his first year that they would get together. Considering he spent most of this time with the two of them, he noticed things but he had to tell his parents even if they did already know. "Just seen him! And guess what he's doing? Snogging Victoire!"
His parents didn't say anything or show any interest in what he said. He looked over at his aunt and uncle. They didn't give any expression. The only ones that seemed to care was brother Albus, little sister Lily, and cousins Rose and Hugo.
"Our Teddy! Teddy Lupin! Snogging our Victoire! Our cousin! And I asked Teddy what he was doing--"
"You interrupted them?" asked his mother. "You are so like Ron--"
"--and he said he'd come to see her off! And then he told me to go away. He's snogging her!" His parents had to comment about them kissing! Not him walking in on them doing so.
"Oh, it would be lovely if they got married!" James glanced down at his little sister as she whispered excitedly. "He would really be part of the family then!"
James couldn't help but to agree. He always saw him as his brother, especially his first year at Hogwarts. Without him, he wouldn't have survived. It was hard last year not having him there.
"He already comes around for dinner about four times a week," said his father, Harry. "Why don't we just invite him to live with us and have done with it?"
"Yeah!" He smirked slightly to himself. He knew his father would love the next idea he had. "I don't mind sharing with Al--Teddy could have my room!"
"No," said Harry firmly, "you and Al will share a room only when I want the house demolished."
James smirked, smarting not saying that if he didn't want the house demolished, he never should have had two sons.
"It's nearly eleven, you'd better get on board."
"Don't forget to give Neville our love!" his mother leaned over and gave him a hug. He couldn't help stare at his mother. Give Neville love? What was she thinking?
"Mum! I can't give a professor love!"
"But you know Neville--"
"Outside, yeah, but at school he's Professor Longbottom, isn't he? I can't walk into Herbology and give him love…" He shook his head. That would have been great! He finally stopped seeing him as Neville after a few lessons in first year and now his mother wanted to give him love!
"I'll meet you on the train Albie, Rosie," he said, quickly giving Ron and Hermione a hug as well before hopping back on the train. He knew his brother was still freaking out and only his father could make him get over it. Albus was definitely closer to their father than he was. He preferred to hang out with this aunt and uncles but seemed closer to Ginny.
He waited inside the train, getting practically ran over by the other students trying to find a compartment. Finally, both Albus and Rose came out to the train.
"Follow me," he said, heading down the train. They both followed, not saying much. James smiled at Teddy when he saw him heading to get off the train.
"Have a great year Rose, Albus. Have fun! Be goo--scratch that. Cause mayhem!" said Teddy, giving them both a quick hug.
"Hope you don't go through withdraws from snogging Victoire," said James, smirking at him.
"You and Holly will be doing it soon enough," said Teddy with a wink, kissing James quickly on top of the head before walking away.
"Who's Holly?" asked Rose, following him.
"His girlfriend," said Albus, just above a whisper.
"She's not my girlfriend and if you say that near her, I'll hex you. She's my best friend Rose. That's her, actually, in here," said James sliding the compartment door opened and motioned them to go inside.
"Hey Holly!" said Albus before he even stepped inside the compartment.
"Hey Albie. How's it going? And you must be Rose, right?"
Rose nodded, tucking a strained of brown hair behind her ear. Holly just smiled at them as they sat down. James put the two first year trunks above their heads and took his spot beside Holly.
"Guess who are together?" he said, looking at her.
"Teddy and Victoire," she said, smiling knowingly at him.
"How do you know?"
"I saw Victoire and said hi when Teddy came on to the train. They are just like too incredible cute together. It shouldn't be allowed. Think about when they have kids; that gene pool has got to produce good looking children."
"Not to mention that Teddy can look anyway he wants to."
Albus and Rose laughed before going to the window to look out just as the train was about to move. They waved bye to their parents even with James sneaking a wave bye to them.
"Why are they staring?" he heard Albus ask as they pulled away. He heard his Uncle Ron say something but didn't catch it.
Being the famous boy-who-lived son had worn off for him by now. It being is third year and all, people were use to it. But, he had to admit, it had to be worse for Albus. At least he didn't look like a slitting image of their father--green eyes to boot. He was comfortable looking like is grandfather. It just went along with his persona and name.
By the time they arrived at Hogwarts, Albus was freaking out again about the sorting. James rolled his eyes, grabbing his brother by both arms and shook him slightly. "Albus, it doesn't matter what house you get into. I'll still be your brother if you are a Slytherin. Dad and Mum will still be that if you are a Ravenclaw. Uncle George will still let you play with everything at the shop if you are Hufflepuff. Relax and stop worrying, please. You are going to give me a headache."
Albus smiled at his brother, taking a deep breath as the train stopped. "Thanks James," he whispered.
James smiled, giving him a little punch on the shoulder. "You and Rose go ahead out. Hagrid will be calling for first years."
"Hagrid?" asked Albus, slightly excited now.
James nodded, giving Rose a hug as she hurried after James out of the compartment. He turned to Holly and raised and eyebrow at her. "What?" he asked, as she just stared at him.
"That," she began but paused. "Was incredibly nice of you."
He smiled. Finally--FINALLY!--Holly was giving into him. It took two years but finally he got her to see he wasn't a jerk. Just by being nice to his brother and cousin.
Holly looked at him up and down before she slowly smiled at him. James felt like cheering but decided to keep up his good boy appearance right then and they both headed with the other students to the carriages.
"I have a plan," he whispered to her when they joined a carriage with Victoire and a few other of her friends.
"If you are planning anything againt me, I swear you will not make it through the night without getting hexed," said Victoire, eyeing them suspiciously.
"Trust me, we learned our lesson. My hair still has some blue in it," said James, shaking his head. Never prank Victoire.
"Who are we then?" asked Holly leaning in close to him.
"I think Albus needs to get familiar with detention at Hogwarts," said James smirking over at her. Holly raised an eyebrow before smirking herself. "So, here's what we do…"
Holly glanced down the hall, nodding to James before slipping into the shadows. James smiled, quickly joining the group of students who began to head out of the Great Hall, blending in.
Suddenly, everyone began to go sliding down the hallway. James had quickly stepped away from them once they hit a certain spot. The Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes product worked better than he or Holly thought.
When James saw Albus coming out of the Great Hall, he grabbed his arm and pulled him to his side.
"Awesome prank Albie! I couldn't have thought of one better!" he said loudly while he laughed at the students.
"What are you talking about James?" asked Albus, looking up at him.
"Come on Albus, own up to what you did! It's brilliant."
"James--I didn't do this!"
James grabbed on to Holly's hand as she came toward them, sliding slightly but managed to keep her balance due to James. "Great job Albus! And I thought you were the angel of the two Potter sons."
"Holly--this wasn't me!"
A few professors had now come out into the hall to see why people had stopped moving. James and Holly couldn't help but laugh at Albus expression once he realized what was going on.
"YOU TWO!" he yelled going back and forth between them.
"Man, I wish we had thought of this. Courage to pull this off first night here. See and you were worried not being a Gryffindor!" said James, smiling at his brother.
"James! You did this!"
"I'm proud to say you are my brother Albus!"
"Mr. Potter, did you do this?" asked Neville, coming up to the two brothers. Holly had slipped away and blended into the other students, laughing probably the most, however.
"Albus Potter, Professor! For once, I can't take credit for this," said James, smirking at his brother's horrified expression.
"Albus? Is this true?"
"NO! It was him!" said Albus, pointing at James.
"Stop trying to blame me Albie! You knew they would think it was me. I really don't want detention just yet."
"James Sirius Potter! I'm telling Dad!"
"What prank you did? Brilliant but I think Uncle George would get a better kick out of it, considering you did use one of his products."
That voice shut James up. The Headmaster appeared beside him. He respected the Headmaster more than any other professor at the school and was the only one James would stop causing trouble if asked.
Calhoun looked around at the students, who now were having fun sliding down the hall. He cracked a small smile, turning back to James and Albus.
"Who is responsible for this?"
Both Albus and James pointed at each other. The Headmaster sighed, pulling out his wand. He made the mess disappear with just a flick of his wand. James looked at him curiously for a second. He thought that only the people involved with the Weasley family would know how to make it disappear.
"I had chat with your Uncle before start of term. He has generously given me a list of countercurses for most of their products. Nice guy," said Calhoun, looking at James' face. "Until we can get this sorted out, I want the three of you to go to my office."
Albus and James looked at each other. James had more of a happy expression while Albus just glared at his brother.
"Three, Headmaster?" asked Neville.
"Yes. Holly, you are going too," said Calhoun, turning his head to Holly.
She opened her mouth for a few seconds before speaking. "I'm not involved in this Headmaster."
"If James is involved, I know full well you are as well Miss Dovel. Please show Albus to my office and I will join you shortly. The password is the same as it was at the end of last year James. I think you remember it well enough."
"Considering how many times I had to say it…" he muttered, shaking his head. The Headmaster had actually started telling James the password to his office since he was there so much.
The three of them headed up the stairs in the direction of the office. Holly and James could only make it so far without starting to laugh.
"I hate you. Both of you," said Albus, not looking at them.
"You won't after this visit. Trust me," said James, laughing.
"After I get detention you mean?"
"You won't get detention. Calhoun is a good guy. He'll let you off with a warning. That's it."
"BUT I DIDN'T DO IT!"
"I'm fully aware of that."
"I hate you."
James just laughed harder. "You won't. How many times do I have to tell you this? Just tell Calhoun you did it so Holly and I have a break from detention and you will be scout free."
"I don't like your plan."
"I don't either half the time but I end up going along with them anyway," said Holly, smiling.
Albus looked at Holly before looking at James. "You realize she has red hair right?" he whispered to James but loud enough Holly heard it.
"I'm aware of that fact Albus. Thanks for pointing out the obvious with no point."
Albus just looked at Holly for a second before shaking his head. "Do I need to find a red head?" he asked, looking up at James.
James couldn't help but laugh as the reached the office. "M&Ms," he said activating the gargoyles.
"Why does my red hair have anything to do with this?" asked Holly, riding the stairs up.
"Nothing…it's nothing. Ignore the annoying brother."
"Because Grandfather and Dad both marr--" James clamped is hand over Albus mouth with a glare.
"Married beautiful women, yes Albus. Grandmother and Mum are so."
Holly narrowed her eyes at the two of them, touching her hair slightly. James smacked Albus on the arm as he opened the door to allow them both to step in.
"In here already Holly?"
Albus' eyes widened, glancing up at James.
"Headmaster Calhoun believes that if James is involved with something that I am automatically involved," she said, taking her favorite seat; the couch against the wall.
"Aren't you normally?"
"Hey now Headmaster Snape. I'm not always involved."
"Ninety-nine percent of the time," he sneered back the best a portrait could.
"Headmaster Dumbledore, please restrain your ward from insulting my best friend," said James laughing, however. He took a seat beside Holly on the couch. Albus, however, had yet to move from his spot, eyes the size of boulders.
"Who's the first year?" asked Snape.
"My little brother."
"Hello Albus. Why are you up here already in the year?" asked Dumbledore, smiling.
Albus didn't say anything. He just stared at the two portraits.
"Albie, they are going to think you are dumb," said James, shaking his head.
Finally, Albus spoke. "James blamed me for a prank."
"You should have owned up to it. It was rather a good one."
Albus glared at his brother before looking at the portraits again. James shook his head, going to stand beside his brother. "Al! Introduce yourself if you would like. Just don't stand and stare." Albus shook his head quickly causing James to sigh. "Fine. Albus Severus Potter I would like you to meet former Headmasters Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape. Headmasters, my little brother, Albus."
"It's a pleasure to meet you Albus," said Dumbledore, nodding his head to him.
Snape, however, just stared at the boy. James smiled at that. "Hate me still?" whispered James.
Albus shook his head. James knew his brother wanted to meet the men that he was named after. And he thought it would be hilarious to see Snape's face, which it was.
Headmaster Calhoun came into the room and smiled at James and Albus where they stood. "Both of you take a seat please."
Both jumped, taking a seat in front of the desk. Calhoun nodded to the two professors, who's attention was at them already. He glanced at Holly who keep her seat at the couch.
"I was thinking about getting some pillows for that couch, what do you think?" he asked her with a smile.
"That would be amazing. Would make my waiting period a lot more comfortable."
He nodded to her before turning his attention back to the two boys in front of him. "Straight back to the common room with the three of you. No stopping anywhere--including the kitchens."
"But, what about---"
"You are not my brother, I swear," said James, cutting Albus off. He shook his head, wondering why his brother was going to ask questions.
"About what Albus?"
"Aren't we going to get punished?"
James and Holly clamped their hand over their eyes, shaking their head. If they both ended up with detention because Albus couldn't keep his mouth shut, the boy wouldn't survive until the end of the week without either a prank or hex.
"Considering I do not have evidence on which one of you pulled the prank, though I have my suspicion." He looked at James pointedly before turning back to Albus. "I'm not going to punish either of you. It's just the start of term after all. I know for a fact that these two will be in detention by the end of the week so I'm giving them a break. As for you, I hope not to see you in my office as much as I do your brother."
Albus quickly shook his head no but his eyes wondered up to the two portraits. Calhoun smiled slightly glancing at James. He nodded, picking up on what the Headmaster was inferring and stood up.
"Holly and I will wait outside for you Al. Headmaster, what is the password to the Gryffindor Tower?" asked James.
James smiled, letting Holly go in front of him and they both went out the door. Holly turned to James once the reached the bottom of the stairs and stared.
"Why are you staring at me like that? That's usually not a good sign," he said, watching her closely, head titled slightly to the side.
"You stare at me all the time," she stated, not changing her gaze.
"Probably for a different reason," he said, smiling slightly at her.
"Don't be too sure of yourself."
He raised an eyebrow at her, now staring himself. He gave him a small smile before leaning over and gave James a quick kiss on the cheek. "You are really good with your brother. It's sweet."
James couldn't help but continue to smile. Holly rolled her eyes at him, looking away. "I think that Miss Dovel here might actually, dare I say, like-like me."
Holly looked over her shoulder at him but couldn't keep a small smile from appearing on her face. "Keep wishing Potter."
"I think all my wishes are finally coming true."
She looked at him for a few seconds before turning away with a smile. James couldn't help but think that this year was going to be a good year.
Lots of Love, Abbie Haven