HOLY SHIT I UPDATED! I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally hope I get a bunch of reviews from this one, I had to beat it out. I apreciate all of your reviews and I hope you review it more ;D. It really helps speed things along. Sorry I haven't updated folks, I got caught up in some other fanfic ideas... Supernatural rocks!
Thanks to DracoStarbo and you should all thank her too, she's partly why I'm updating.
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Oh and Disclaimer: Uh... Harry Potter isn't mine, but Cole is! And you all love Cole, right? :D
I love you all!
You have a Panthera?! Are you serious? How the bloody hell did that happen? Bloody hell Harry, I didn't even think they existed anymore! I always assumed they either died out or were just fairy tales. No one's seen one in… I don't know how long! I can't wait to see it! I can see it, right? Mum thinks you're kidding about the whole thing. I'm coming over tomorrow, so get ready!
Your best mate,
Harry read the letter and sighed in relief, petting Hedwig with gratitude as if she were partly responsible for the positive response from Ron. Hermione snuck up behind him and spoke.
"So, is that Ron's' reply?" she asked.
Harry jumped and fell out of his chair, Hermione's sudden appearance startling him. Harry yelped and closed his eyes, holding his hands out in front of him, preparing for the unwanted sexual harassment of the tiled floor touching his entire frontal region and the possible smashing of his glasses but it never came… Harry opened his eyes and blinked, finding his glasses slightly askew on his face and himself hovering inches before the floor. He furrowed his eyebrows, wondering why his lips weren't being thoroughly ravaged by the glassy feeling of tile, when he felt the arms around him, preventing the nonconsensual encounter. Those arms turned him around and brought him to meet the face of his savior.
Worried golden eyes peered into his own before scanning his face and body for injuries. "Are you alright Master?" Cole asked in a worried voice.
"You have very fast reflexes," Harry said, blinking at him.
Cole blushed at the comment and brushed away a lock of hair that had fallen in front of his face. "Thank you Master," he said with an all-too-grateful smile. Harry frowned, wondering how it was possible for such a small statement to make anyone so happy. Seeing Harry's frown, Coles face instantly lit up with concern. "Is something wrong Master? Did I say or do something wrong? Are you hurt?!"
"No no no," Harry quickly reassured him. "Calm down, I'm fine, really. Uh… why don't you… go off and play?"
Cole seemed to ignore him and sniffed him as if that was one of the ways he could check for injuries. Finally, after he seemed satisfied, he spoke. "Are you sure you're alright?"
"Yes," Harry said. "I'm fine…"
Cole nodded to himself and, picking Harry up with both arms, gently placed him back in his chair and sweetly kissed Harry on the cheek before running off to play. Harry watched him go and adjusted his slightly askew glasses, smiling lightly. Hermione squealed in delight and Harry, forgetting he was there, almost fell off the chair a second time. Thankfully he didn't and instead whipped around to face her.
"Hermione! Don't scare me like that!"
The aforementioned girl rolled her eyes at him and sighed. "Oh don't be ridiculous, it's just me."
"You snuck up on me and nearly shouted, and then you squealed in my ear!"
"Oh," Hermione said, waving a hand in dismissal. "Get over it. Anyway, what did the letter say?"
"Letter?" Harry asked, confused. "What letter?"
"The letter that Hedwig delivered to you not five minutes ago?"
"Ohhhh," Harry said, realization dawning upon him. "That letter."
"Yes," Hermione said. "That letter. Now, was it from Ron and what did it say?"
"Oh… yeah, it was from him…"
"And what did it say?"
"Say?" Hermione rolled her eyes and snatched the letter from him. "Hey!"
"Oh hush!" she snapped, reading the letter over. After reading it, she nodded and looked up. "It doesn't seem like he's angry."
"Which is… definitely a good thing," Harry said.
"Yup, now let's check on our favorite Panthera before he hurts himself," Hermione said, heading off to Cole's playroom.
Harry followed him, wondering what the little Panthera was up to himself. When he got there, he saw Hermione looking up in adoration. Harry turned his head to see where she was looking and saw Cole hanging from a rope ladder attached to the ceiling happily like a little kid. Cole's mouth was grinning and his golden eyes lit up with laughter and concentration as he focused on keeping a grip on the high rope ladder. The boy squinted his eyes in slight concentration and tensed his arms, swinging his lower body up and trying to grip onto the rope with his feet. After stumbling and slipping a bit, he finally got it and grinned in triumph.
Just then, Cole turned his head and met his golden eyes on Harry's green ones. "MASTER!" he piped happily. "Hi!"
Harry smiled. "How'd you get up there so fast?" he asked, shouting slightly so that Cole could hear him.
Cole just smiled shyly and shrugged as best as he could, hanging from a rope. "Want me to come down?" he asked.
Harry shook his head. "No, no, you don't have to."
Cole frowned. "It's not trouble!" he cried out, pouting.
"It's fine. Just have fun. I don't want to be a bother."
"You're not a bother!" Cole said. "I'm coming down."
"No really, you don't have to!" Harry shouted. Cole rolled his eyes and let his feet slip from the rungs and hung from his hands. Harry's eyes widened. "Cole! What are you doing?!"
Cole smiled and let go of the rungs, falling from the ceiling. Harry cried out in horror, thinking Cole was going to die, but the boy simply landed on his feet and smirked at him. After seeing Harry's face, his expression turned to one of confusion. "Something wrong?" he asked.
Harry stared at him for a few seconds and ran forward to hug him tightly. "I thought you were going to fall to your death!" Harry said worriedly, stroking Cole's soft black locks.
Cole frowned and looked ashamed. "I'm sorry Master… I didn't mean to worry you," he said, stroking the side of Harry's face. "Please forgive me."
"Yeah Cole," Harry said, still hugging him. "I do, but please don't do something like that again before telling me you can survive it first, okay?"
Cole nodded. "Sure Master," he muttered before wrapping his arms around Harry, returning the hug and burying his face into Harry's shoulder. "I really am sorry…" he muttered into his shoulder.
Harry smiled softly. "Don't worry about it cutey, as long as you don't do it again."
Cole froze and smiled up at him with his adoring golden eyes. Harry felt a tail curl around his back and realized he probably just said something to affect Cole enough to make his tail appear. "Uh… Cole?" Harry asked nervously.
"You just called me cutey," Cole said, smiling as if Harry just gave him his favorite candy.
Harry blushed. "Well… uh… you are cute…"
Cole smiled and purred at the response and wrapped his arms around Harry even tighter, his tail swishing back and forth in delight as he nuzzled Harry's cheek. Harry blushed even further and laughed nervously. Cole kissed Harry's shoulder gently and sighed happily, seemingly turning into a puddle of goo in his arms. "I like hugging you Master. You're comfy," Cole sighed and leaned against him.
"Uh… thanks," Harry said, enjoying the hug himself.
Cole withdrew from him slightly and pressed his forehead against Harry's, smiling. Harry smiled weakly at him, withdrawing a joyful look from Cole. "Mmmm… you have beautiful eyes," he purred.
Harry blushed for the umpteenth time that day. "Well… so do you," he muttered, looking into his glimmering golden eyes.
Cole purred in delight and wrapped his tail around Harry's waist. Harry froze, not really knowing what to do. "Uh… Some friends of mine are going to come over tomorrow. I have to get ready…"
"Anything I can do to help?" Cole asked.
"Uh… maybe you can pick out some rooms you think will be nice?"
Cole grinned and kissed Harry on the cheek. "Yes Master!" he chipped and ran off right away.
Hermione raised her eyebrow at Harry. "I thought you were going to wait Harry…."
Harry looked away and scratched the back of his head. "Uh… yeah… it's a lot harder than I thought it would be… It's like…"
Hermione rolled her eyes. "It's part of the Panthera/Master bond. It makes the two feel… attracted to each other."
"It's not that I don't think he's absolutely adorable," Harry said. "I just want to get to know him better first is all…"
"Well then," Hermione said. "You better get to know him quickly then because the physical intimacy between you is definitely going to lead to something soon…"