Chapter 1: Dreams and Letters
Harry was running. He did not know why or from what. Just that he had to run. Then all of a sudden he heard it. It started small, like a high-pitched baby wailing, then became louder! Louder, louder, louder even still! It filled his senses, blocking out everything. It was a maniacal cackle! Harry heard it then. It was his voice.
"Harry… you can't sssave them, it'sss too late!" said the voice of the one and only, Voldemort! "Sssay bye-bye Harry!"
Harry then saw them. Everyone he loved. His parents, the Weasleys, Hermione, and Sirius. Then he noticed something. One of the Weasleys was missing.
"Ginny…" he whispered.
He turned around and saw her floating there. She just hung there while he ran to save her. Then she screamed!
"Harry!!!" He ran faster, faster. Her screams pierced his whole being.
"Gin! I'm coming!" he yelled.
She went limp. She twitched slightly and fell. As she fell, one word was uttered from her lips, "Harry…"
Harry awoke with a start. He was sweating profusely and his for head and chest were gleaming. His breathing was sharp and he felt a jolt in his heart as he thought about his dream. Ginny??? Did she really care for him like that? And he of her?
He rose from bed his bed, pulled a tee-shirt over his head, and went down to the kitchen. He got a glass of water while he thought and calmed down. Ching! Ching! Ching! The clock rang three in the morning. Harry climbed the stairs woefully and plopped himself down on his bed. He layed down and put himself to asleep, pictures of Ginny fogging his view.
Harry woke a to a Clack! Clack! on his window. It was Hedwig, back from her nightly hunt. He let her in and slipped her in her cage while she nibbled his finger. He then changed into a proper shirt and jeans, and headed downstairs to breakfast.
Harry entered the kitchen to find Uncle Vernon in a rage, Aunt Petunia looking flustered, and Dudley scarfing down a very tall stack of pancakes. The moment he set foot in there, all hell broke lose.
"You! Boy! Why in this godforsaken world are these… people writing to us?" he yelled with a purple face.
"Who?" Harry asked, even though he knew who it was.
"These, these… Weasley people!" Vernon yelled. He jabbed a letter at Harry. "Read it aloud."
Harry opened it:
We would be very honored to have Harry join us for the summer. We will pick him up the muggle way, and don't worry, he will reach school safely.
Harry bit his lip to keep from both rolling around laughing and jumping for joy. Laughing, because he knew the Dursley's wouldn't give him a second glance even if he was run over by a train. And he also knew that if he showed and form of joy, then Vernon would not let him go
So they all just stood there, except fro Dudley who was still sitting. Vernon looked Harry up and down as if waiting for him to start begging to go.
Then he said, "Alright. Write to them and say you can go. But I will NOT have that man in my house again! Tell them to meet you at King's Cross at one 'o'clock. I have to pass by there anyway. I have a Board of Directors Meeting today," said Vernon with a smugly proud look on his face.
So Harry rushed up the stairs, taking two at a time. He had been waiting for this letter fro three long weeks. He took a scrap of parchment and quill and wrote:
Yea, I can come! Pick me up at King's Cross at one 'o'clock! See you there!
He took out Hedwig and tied it to her leg. "Take this to Ron as fast as you can. Stay there, as I will be joining you soon." She nipped his finger to show she understood. He took her to the window and sent her on her way.
Harry turned around and immediately started to pack, as it was almost twelve thirty and he and to leave soon. He tossed his robes and dress robes in to the trunk and locked it. Lastly he gathered his Firebolt and Hedwig's cage, then hurriedly rushed downstairs and into the car.